In the Australian Curriculum, students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. They come to understand how personal, group and national identities are shaped, and the variable and changing nature of culture. Intercultural understanding involves students learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.
Books that could be used as a Resource for Teaching Intercultural Understanding
Reading Australia - https://readingaustralia.com.au/?s=culture
Refugee Week Resource Kit: http://www.refugeeweek.org.au/resources/Resource-kit-2017.pdf
Stories of Compassion: https://www.coolaustralia.org/activity/stories-compassion-year-10/
SBS has a Cultural Competence Program: https://cultural-competence.com.au/individuals. The program explores topics including cross-cultural communication, addressing stereotypes, unconscious bias, diversity and the benefits of multiculturalism in the workplace. Also included are fun, interactive activities, plus options for further reading. https://cultural-competence.com.au/individuals. The Resources section includes a Cultural Atlas, which provides teachers with cultural information about specific migrant/cultural groups: https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/. . The goal is to enhance social cohesion in Australia and improve outcomes for individuals and organisations operating in an increasingly culturally diverse society.