Only 30 - 40 years ago Australia was considered to be primarily an Anglo-Saxon country with over 97% of its population Australian or British born. In the eighties, almost 40% of the Australian population consists of first generation migrants and their children; half of these come from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB). When these numbers are placed against those of third or fourth generation Anglo-Australians and the Aboriginal population, it becomes clear that about a quarter of the Australian population is fully or partially of other than Anglo-Celtic descent (Australia, Department of Education, 1987). The present study will examine the educational implications of this change from an historical perspective and consider some of the relevant Australian research into multicultural education. It will then examine in detail the current state of multicultural education practices in the ACT...
|Date of Award||1987|