Exploring Strategies and Techniques to Support Learning and Teaching in Diverse Higher Education Contexts

By Carol Helene Carter and Sue Lancaster Lancaster.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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The aim of this paper is to explore practical strategies and techniques that have been found to be effective in supporting students’ understanding within diverse higher education environments. The strategies and techniques described are from personal experience, discussions with colleagues, and PhD research. The strategies explored are framed within considerations of the challenges and opportunities relating to education and learning in a world of difference within higher education terrains. The techniques are predominantly drawn from approaches that support transformative education.

Keywords: Intercultural Understanding, Learner Diversity

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 13, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.27-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 9, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 200.912KB)).

Dr. Carol Helene Carter

Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, Holmesglen (TAFE and Higher Education), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Currently Higher Education Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Holmesglen. Previous experience includes full-time lecturer and BEd coordinator (University of Fort Hare, South Africa), sessional lecturer (University of Melbourne and Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Educational Director of a non-governmental organisation in South Africa that focussed on educating teachers to use classroom drama and working with drama youth groups in disadvantaged rural areas. PhD examined the role of oral art forms in supporting drama pedagogy and intercultural understanding within teacher education. Masters research examined and addressed potential constraints in the use of Drama in Education in South African Classrooms. Research interests include Action Research; Arts-based Research and Narrative Inquiry; Learning and Teaching; Drama Education; Oracy and Oral Art Forms; Education Policy and Higher Education; Postcolonial Theory, Culture and Intercultural Communication; and Socio-Constructivism. Have published and presented papers and workshops at numerous national and international conferences

Mrs Sue Lancaster Lancaster

Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Early Child education, Holmesglen Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sue Lancaster has worked for many years in the early childhood and special education sectors, and as a Policy Adviser for the State Government of Victoria including in the area of early childhood intervention for children with a disability and as a member of the Project Team involved in developing the Victorian Autism State Plan. Sue is currently Senior Lecturer for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Holmesglen Institute, Melbourne, Victoria with responsibility for teaching theory and practice in relation to; working with families and communities, disability, multicultural and Indigenous perspectives and the impact of popular culture and the media on young children. This role also includes delivery for Diploma of Early Childhood students transferring to Degree level specifically relating to the introduction to professional practice and contemporary early childhood issues in early childhood education. Sue has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and Post Graduate Degrees in Education and Special Education.