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Why teaching about Asia matters in higher education

Henderson, Deborah J. (2011) Why teaching about Asia matters in higher education. Asian Currents, 2011(March), pp. 3-5.

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Abstract

I commence this opinion piece with specific reference to the Gillard Government's decision to cut funding for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)in 2011. I then consider impact of this decision on quality teaching in higher education with specific reference to Studies of Asia. In particular, I reflect on the teaching of Asian languages and cultures in Australia since the 1970 Auchmuty report, and conclude that despite the efforts of policy makers, not much has really changed. In doing so, I emphasise the importance of quality teaching in higher education for inspiring students to challenge their cultural assumptions and to prompt them to develop new views of the world.

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ID Code: 41338
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This is an invited opinion piece following the author's 2010 ALTC Teaching Excellence Award.
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Keywords: Asia literacy, Asian studies, teaching Asian languages and cultures, cross cultural understanding, quality teaching, student engagement, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), HERN
ISSN: 1449-4418
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Deborah J. Henderson
Copyright Statement: Asian Currents is the Asian Studies Association of Australia's (ASAA) monthly e-bulletin. Copyright rests with the author.
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2011 07:53
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2011 19:22

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