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Schools as sites of race relations and intercultural tension

Mansouri, Fethi and Jenkins, Louise 2010, Schools as sites of race relations and intercultural tension, Australian journal of teacher education, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 93-108.

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Title Schools as sites of race relations and intercultural tension
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-8914-0485
Jenkins, Louise
Journal name Australian journal of teacher education
Volume number 35
Issue number 7
Start page 93
End page 108
Total pages 16
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Place of publication Katoomba, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1835-517X
0313-5373
Summary Australia’s education system endeavours to provide an environment in which students can learn in a safe and comfortable manner, free of fear of verbal or physical abuse. However, for many schools, the ability to create this safe environment has been undermined by a recent rise in society-wide intercultural tensions that inevitably permeate the school boundary. Empirical data from a national project about racism among Australian youth provides evidence that these intercultural tensions are generating an unsettling level of verbal, and in some cases, physical abuse in Australian secondary schools. These project findings inform the discussion presented in this paper that schools, as sites of intercultural relations, reflect wider societal attitudes. Nevertheless, this paper also contends that schools as microcosms of social realities have the potential to change social attitudes gradually, including those about diversity, culture and race. To do so, schools need to be supported by teacher education programs which explore the ways in which issues of race, culture and diversity can be incorporated in the content choice in school curriculum. This will influence positively the way in which graduating teachers approach diversity and inter-cultural tensions within their own classrooms and the wider school.
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Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Edith Cowan University
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030421

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