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Preparing students for an uncertain world: the significance of Asian languages and studies in schools

Henderson, Deborah J. (2003) Preparing students for an uncertain world: the significance of Asian languages and studies in schools. The MLTA Quarterly, 130, pp. 4-5.

Abstract

As we attempt to deal with future challenges and uncertainties, the significance of Australia’s relationship with Asia - the region in which we are located - is of great importance. Yet, it could be argued that Australians know less about Asia than other parts of the world. This article argues that Principals can demonstrate their commitment to building 'bridges of knowledge, respect and empathy' (Cosgrove 2002) in two ways. First, they need to inform their school's broad community about the importance of knowledge and understanding about Asia and its languages for our future. Asia-literate Australians will be vital for our economic prosperity, cultural communication and strategic needs. Second, Principals need to exercise leadership in schools to ensure that the study of Asia and its languages is firmly established in the curriculum.

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ID Code: 3243
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Studies of Asia in the Australian education system, asia, literacy, principals and leadership, cross cultural understanding, globalisation, Rudd Report
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:29

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