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Developing teacher capacity in cultural understanding is a Course

Developing teacher capacity in cultural understanding

Starts Mar 10, 2020

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Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 11 March 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


This learning event is right for you if you are a teacher who would like to acquire a range of understandings and activities that will enable you to further develop your own cultural capacity throughout your career


It is now an increasing reality that Australian educators are teaching multicultural school cohorts. Moreover, the inclusion of Intercultural Understanding/Capabilities as mandated elements of both the Australian and Victorian Curriculums means that all teachers are required to develop cultural awareness in all students, regardless of background. The extension of PISA assessments to include global and cultural knowledge of students has also reinforced the necessity of teachers engaging with these aspects of their professional expertise and practice.

This seminar on individual teacher development can be seen as a precursor to a whole school, research/evidence-based PD program on how to build these teacher capacities across a school so that the entire community can design and implement their learning programs in cultural understandings. This program is tailored to the context and needs of individual schools.

New international research reveals that not all teachers feel prepared as individuals and educators to approach these new professional demands, no matter what pedagogical programs they are implementing for students. Consequently, this seminar is focused on building the capacity and confidence of school educators to approach the teaching of cultural understanding in ways that are appropriate to the characteristics of current and future Australian society.

Key takeaways              

  • clarity of your own perspectives on what is meant by cultural understanding in the current day
  • reflection on how these perspectives might influence your teaching practices, and how to manage these perspectives positively, regardless of your degree of professional experience or leadership position
  • understandings and activities that will enable you to further develop your own cultural capacity throughout your career. 

Presenter information

Dr Niranjan Casinader                 

Dr Niranjan Casinader is Senior Lecturer (Curriculum & Assessment) in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. A geographer by training, his research and teaching is built on his experience of over thirty years of teaching, leadership and writing in Victorian school education, as well as other national/international education programs.

His research and publications revolve around the relationships between education, culture, thinking, development and globalisation, both contemporary and historical.  Currently his work centres on the impact of globalisation and transnationalism on the expectations and realities of teacher expertise, especially in relation to cultural education.