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EDC1200 Assignment 2 "How might education mediate difference and dominance?" Student Number: 0050111018

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The Issue. Australian Federal Government Print Media Advertisement Australia Day 2010

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Target Group 11 – 12 years (Year 7) Study the image Pose leading questions: When is Australia Day? Why do we celebrate on that date? Can you see yourself at this barbeque? Your classmates, your neighbours? The goal is to encourage students to explore Australia Day and its celebration. To promote the idea that there are a multitude of people who call themselves Australian, who don’t look the same as they do, don’t do the same things they do. People who are also Australian but NOT like them. The event as curriculum.

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Discuss in more detail the answers they have given. Encourage them to think about the celebrations from a collective point of view – do all Australians join in the celebrations; why would some people chose not to celebrate? To mark the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet Can you see yourself at the bbq – Yes / No – Why? Australia Day is January 26th Broaden the topic to explore how the community views the celebration of Australia Day. Have you heard any discussion – news, papers, family or community about Australia Day? Are you aware of any debate surrounding the celebration of Australia Day on January 26th? Exploring the topic.

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Allow them to explore the issue in small groups; use the internet to research the January 26th holiday. Pose some more leading questions while they do that. Get them thinking about looking at Australia Day from another location point. What differing points of view can they identify with regard to the date of Australia Day? Is the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet an appropriate day to celebrate Australia Day? Give reasons. Let’s make a list of any famous Australians who have voiced their opinion on this issue. What influences do you think have made them take the position they have? Is it possible to have the whole nation collectively identify with one point of view on this issue? Why? Exploring the topic.

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Move back to group discussion on more questions I would like them to explore for themselves. This would encourage them to view ideas from a location point that differs from their own along the axis of national identity. Is there a typical Australian? What do you think someone who is about to emigrate to Australia would give as an answer to “Is there a typical Aussie”? Do you think that image would change after they have lived here? Why might they have a different image than you do? Tell us about one person you know who would have a different image of the typical Australian than you do. Exploring the topic

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Reflect on the topic and new ideas that have come to light during discussion and research. Concluding the lesson I would emphasize the following points: Australia is a multicultural diverse country with many different types of people living in its communities. Consequently, we have a rich and diverse group of people who call themselves Australians. Each of them has a differing experience of what is means to be ‘Australian’, depending on their own life experience and cultural background. Each different experience of ‘Australian-ness’ is valid. There can be no singular experience that can claim to be the only Australian experience. The national identity is a developing one; as a community we have a wealth of experiences, cultures and religious backgrounds to draw from to enrich our own life experience. Reflection

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I would hope that the target group would gain an insight in to other types of Australians who do not match their own phenotype, cultural background and experience of this country. To encourage them to think for themselves about Australia Day and its celebration and to expose them to the fact that it is not just a public holiday. To develop an understanding of the great diversity of the nation and its communities. To realise that their own personal experience of ‘Australian-ness’ is not the singular experience of everyone. Importantly, to realise that it is ‘okay’ to discuss this type of issue – in an intelligent manner with sound reasoning; to actively listen to other people’s views and consider their position (location). Deepening understanding of Difference and community identities.

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After thinking about the advertisement and also exploring the Australia day holiday and the fact that it can be a sensitive issue, my goal would be for the target group to understand that there is a discussion in the community. To be aware of differing views on the topic, no matter where they may locate themselves. Another aim would be for them to be able to articulate reasons for their own position with regard to the debate currently going on in our communities. To have explored how they feel and perhaps why they feel that way. A further objective would be for them to communicate the ideas and the reasoning of a different point of view, to know they have actively listened and considered another’s perspective (location). To have them realise that there are different locations from which this topic can be viewed and that their own point of view while valid, is only one of many. Exploring identity locations and senses of self.

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Asking the students if they can see themselves, their classmates and neighbours at the barbeque depicted on the government’s advertisement is designed to get them to think about differences between them, their classmates and neighbours. To consider how an indigenous person may feel about Australia day, how a migrant may celebrate differently. To encourage them to think about how they themselves spend the day – do they even think about it as Australia day or is it just a public holiday? Thoughts about different people and how they might spend Australia day encourages students to view Australia day from the other’s location of identity. Allowing them to see another person as different, but to also explore why that person is different. That the difference is from life experience and does not make them deficient in any way. Transformative education, overcoming disadvantage and marginalization.

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Considering another’s point of view is the first step in allowing for differences between peoples. Being able to actively see another’s point of view doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing with it, but it can allow for a small amount of understanding of another’s position or stance. A definite beginning in reducing discrimination. Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. Rene Dubos. http://www.nocaptionneeded.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/kkk-tolerance.png Reducing discrimination in the community.

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Austin, J. (2009) EDC1200 Difference & Diversity course notes. Toowoomba: University of Southern Queensland. Austin, J., (2005) Culture and Identity: an Introduction. In Austin, J., (Ed.) Culture and Identity. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia [Australia Day Promotional Poster] Retrieved Jan 22nd from file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Christine/Desktop/Flickr%20Photo%20Download%20%20BBQ%20like%20you%27ve%20never%20BBQ%27d%20before.htm [Australia from space] Retrieved Jan 27th from http://www.spacetime.com.au/IMAGES/earth-large.jpg [Australia from space satellite map ] Retrieved Jan 26th from http://www.spaceshots.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/1003.jpg [Beach Kangaroo] Retrieved Jan 27th from http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/images/set3/australia_kangaroo.jpg Dubos, R. (n.d.) Retrieved Jan 15th from http://www.nocaptionneeded.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/kkk-tolerance.png [Great Barrier Reef] Retrieved Jan 26th from http://edwindwianto.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/great-barrier-reef.jpg [Ships of the first fleet] Retrieved Jan 26th from http://www.fromwhencewecame.net/first_fleet.jpg [Sydney Opera House] Retrieved Jan 27th from http://www.unmaskedproductions.com/australia3.jpg [Uluru Sunset] Retrieved Jan 26th from http://www.banyantree.com.au/recommendations/pictures/uluru_sunset.jpg REFERENCES