Snapshots of Australia's Diverse Culture Through the Eyes of Jana: A Long Term Project

By Lynette Sara Austin.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper discusses snapshots of Australia's diverse culture which emerged from a long term project titled "The Jana Project". This project was conducted with third year early childhood university students. The students were asked to 'care for' a female marionette named Jana as their travel buddy. Their personal adventures which reflected different aspects of the Australian culture, were recorded in the form of a collective narrative.

Keywords: Project, Travel Buddy, Diverse Culture, Early Childhood Teacher Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.49-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.808MB).

Lynette Sara Austin

Deputy Programme Head (early childhood), Department of Early Childhood, Faculty of Social Sciences, Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau City, New Zealand

Education has been my life. I have played an active role in eduaction for the last 42 years and have worked in all sectors of education. I have held a variety of educational positions such as teacher, advisor, lecturer, principal and manager. In 1985 I was an ANZAC Fellow. Presently I am completing my Doctor of Teaching through Charles Darwin University in Australia. My passions are reflective practices, communities of learners and transformative learning.

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