Students from diverse backgrounds

Secondary school students

What does it mean to be a learner from a diverse background and what do students from diverse backgrounds need from their teachers?

The term ‘learners from a diverse background’, embraces students who are linguistically and culturally diverse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who come to school speaking a language other than English (that is, from communities where English is not the usual language of communication) are often the most at risk.

A learner from a diverse background needs to feel that teachers understand their life experiences and care about their success.

Stereotypes and myths about the validity of Australian first languages and the educability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (content to come??)

References

Barnhardt, R 2005, Creating a Place for Indigenous Knowledge in Education, The Alaska Native Knowledge Network, viewed 29 August 2016, <http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/curriculum/articles/raybarnhardt/pbe_ankn_chapter.html>.