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Multicultural Education Unit
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Global Education, Citizenship, Values, Racism, Human Rights, Citizenship, Beliefs, Intercultural Understanding, Multicultural Perspectives and Studies of Asia

A selection of resources available at LMERC and online
Teacher resources / Curriculum planning / Lesson plans/ activities

Arigatou Foundation, UNESCO, and UNICEF (2008), Learning to Live Together: An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Education. Switzerland: ATAR Roto Presse SA. Available at: “Aims to strengthen the capacity of children and young people to make well-grounded ethical decisions based on values that promote respect for other cultures and beliefs”.

AusAID (2008) Global Perspectives: A framework for Global education in Australian Schools. Carlton, Victoria: Australian Government. Available at:

Australian Multicultural Commission (2010), Managing Cultural Diversity: Training Program Resource Manual. Carlton, Victoria: Australian Multicultural Commission. Available at:

Baker, R., Gilligan, B., Gordon, K., and Hoepper, B. (2007), Human rights today: Discussing the Issues, Accepting the Challenge. Amnesty International Australia. Carlton, Victoria:

Banks, J. (2007), Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society (2nd ed.) Columbia University New York: teachers College Press.

Banks, J. A. (ed.) (2004), Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives. California: John Wiley and Sons. “Brings together in one comprehensive volume a group of international experts on the topic of cultural diversity and education”.

British Institute of Human Rights (2008), Right Here Right Now: Teaching Citizenship Through Human Rights. London: Ministry of Justice. Available at:

Gallavan, N. P. (2010) Navigating Cultural Competence in Grades K-5: A Compass for teachers. Thousand Oaks California: Sage Publications.

Gollob, R., and Krapf, P. (eds.) (2008), Teaching Democracy: A Collection of Models for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing. available at:

Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (2005), Voices of Australia: 30 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act, 1975-2005. Canberra: HREOC. Available at: “A collection of real life stories about Australians living together which covers issues such as breaking down barriers, racism and moving from tolerance to respect”.

Human Rights Education Associates, Portal for Human Rights, contains case studies, information on emerging practices, ideas for approaches to human rights schooling.

Hurle, T., O’Keefe, H., and Macrae, D. (2009), Understanding Cultural Difference Through Dialogue: A Resource for teachers of Middle Years Secondary School Students. Melbourne: The Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University. Available at:

International Baccalaureate (2010), How to Engage Globally: An Introductory Guide for Educators. Available at:

Leclercq, J. M. (2003), Facets of Interculturality in Education. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing. “Aims to foster understanding in education between differing viewpoints and to forge links based on equity and mutual respect”.

Lundy, K. G. (2008), Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World. Ontario, Canada: Pembroke Publishers. “Book is committed to creating inclusive classrooms and suggests ways teachers can re-define an inclusive curriculum by questioning what is taught and how it is taught”.

Mansouri, F., Jenkins, L., Leach, M., and Walsh, L. (2009) Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity. Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing. “Steers school towards a deeper understanding of the nature of their communities as a microcosm of Australian multicultural society”.

McCowan, T. (2009), Building Bridges: Through Interfaith Dialogue in Schools. Ashburton, Victoria: WellSpring Centre. “Aims to help secondary school students of different faiths, religions, customs and values to build bridges of trust and friendship”.

Newell, C., and Offord, B. (eds.) (2008), Activating Human Rights in Education: exploration, Innovation and Transformation. Canberra: Australian College of Educators.

Oxfam (2008), Getting Started with Global Citizenship: A guide for New Teachers, in Global Citizenship Guides. Available at:

Oxfam (2006a), Teaching Controversial Issues, In, Global Citizenship Guides. Available at: “Strategies to help teachers introduce/manage controversial issues in their teaching; brining education for global citizenship into the classroom”.

Oxfam (2006b),Education for Global Citizenship: A Guide for Schools, in Global Citizenship Guides. Covers the question “What is global citizenship?” with classroom activities and case studies of good practice. Available at:

United Nations, -Global teaching and learning project:CyberSchoolBus Webcasts, publications, simulations, quizzes and games and children’s art about global issues. Includes Model UN headquarters
Australian Government/Curriculum Corporation (2008)Global perspectives: a framework for global education in Australian schoolsprovides a revised structure for global education, recommendations about integrating global perspectives within and across learning areas, and advice for teachers and school leadership teams about how to implement the framework at a school level.’
See also
DEECD (2009) Education for Global and Multicultural Citizenship: a strategy for Victorian Government Schools 2009-2013
‘…a renewed vision for global and multicultural education in Victoria. ….The strategy offers a new concept for thinking about multicultural education: global and multicultural citizenship.’p3
Student resources

Academic Info is a US based online subject directory of over 25,000 hand-picked educational resources for high school and college students. Also, news and analysis of critical events including the Iraq War, Afghanistan, the genocide in the Sudan, and terrorism. (secondary level)

BBC The Road to Refuge,.This website ‘tells the stories behind the statistics, using first-person testimonies and in-depth interviews to trace the journey from home into exile. It asks why refugees are still fleeing, where they go, and examines how we treat them’. Includes images of refugees from WWII onwards.
Digilearn, Changing faces: three interviews,
Students use this interactive digital learning object to explore issues of stereotyping (cultural background, gender, age etc.). The scenario is an interview – students ‘help’ three people from different backgrounds answer questions at a job interview. The employer's questions are emotionally loaded and suggest stereotypes about gender, age, work status and children.. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The second can be found at:
Middle to later years
Healey et al. Issues in society series: (27 issues available at LMERC)
Bullying and harassment, Bullying and peer pressure, The population debate,
Australia’s immigration debate, Our ageing nation, World poverty,
Multiculturalism in Australia, Multiculturalism, The racism debate,
Racism in Australia, Australian identity and values, How are we governed?
Human rights, Human rights and civil rights, Children’s rights,
The rights of the child, Refugees and illegal immigrants, Globalisation
Wealth and inequality, Native title, Drugs in sport, Natural disasters
Drought in Australia, Australia’s national identity, Spinney Press, Thirroul, NSW.
Australian Human Rights Commission (2009), Let’s talk About rights: A Guide to Help Young People Have their Say About Human Rights in Australia. Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission. Available at:
Lewis, Barbara A (2008) The Teen Guide to Global Action: how to make connection with others (near & far) to create social change, Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis.
Many examples are given of adolescents learning about, and taking action on injustice around the world in the areas of: human rights, education, health and environment etc. Practical hints on finding information online and using social networking and other online communication tools to join groups, find information and to create opportunities to fund raise or raise awareness of issues are given throughout the book.
Good source for information and contacts for global non-government organisations involved in social justice issues. (middle to later years)
Woodward, Kay et al (2004) 21st Century Citizen: perspectives on today’s issues series: Aids, Animal rights, Genetic engineering, Immigrants and refugees, Terrorism, World hunger, Franklin Watts, Sydney. (middle to later years)

Oxfam (2009) Cool planet a website for primary level and lower secondary children to explore aspects of countries from maps and facts to stories, culture and current issues including pages on life in refugee camps. Countries covered are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sudan, UK, Vietnam. Also includes game centred around international trade and farming.

Making Multicultural Australia
This website is one of Australia's leading sources of quality educational resources on multiculturalism.
This site includes 11 new pages about Victoria’s multiculturalism.Teaching resources and strategies to understand cultural diversity and tolerance. More than 3500 pages of articles, research, teacher guides, lesson plans, audio interviews, video clips, Australian multicultural artworks.

World Vision – School Resources webpages
This site provides worksheets for primary and secondary level students on global issues such as: Aid, trade & debt, children’s rights, poverty, global organisations, war/peace, environment. Issues


LMERC holds many DVDS about refugees, global development, sustainability, global warming, human rights and films from many different countries and cultures as well as travel documentaries. The collection holds documentaries about beliefs and traditional celebrations, music and some classic feature films from many different countries.

A selection reviewed:

A fair go: winning the 1967 referendum, ABC TV (1999)55mins
Told through personal interviews and archival footage the journey of indigenous Australians and their campaign to win equal rights in Australia. 7-12

A force more powerful, York Zimmerman (2000)
A documentary in episodes covering nonviolent change throughout the 20th c from Ganhdi to South Africa, Danish resistance against the German military during WWII, the Solidarity movement in Poland and the eventual democratic downfall of the dictactor Pinochet in Chile. (9-12)
Always Coca-Cola, VEA (2006)
Program presented by Aaron Pederson explores early views of race. Henry Reynolds and others discuss methods used to assimilate indigenous people such assimilation, segregation, reserve, sand poor work conditions and the resulting trauma and social upheavel. (8-12)
Apology to the stolen generations, ABC TV (2008)
Landmark speech by the then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd officially apologising to indigenous Australians who were forcibly separated from their families.(5-12)
Australian Government (2005) Discovering democratic values: teaching and learning civic values
Ideas for Implementing Civics and citizenship education P-12. Case studies of models of active citizenship projects, curriculum content, whole school approaches and connections between home, school and policy and practice. (Teacher resource)

Crossroads series:
The immigration saga in the European Union, Volume 1 -
No colour, Inside the European Union, Help wanted & Volume 2 – Human trafficking, Identities, Stop the flow. (9-12)

Global Environment Issues , VEA (2004)
The struggle to balance goals of economic development and protecting the environment.

RightsED: human rights education resources for teachers, Australian Human Rights Commission (2010)
A series of DVDs about various rights: sexual harassment, young people in the work place, disability rights, child rights etc.

Sadako, Eleanor Coerr (writer), George Levenson (producer-director)Ed Young (illustrator)
Animated version of the picture book. Tells the story of a young girl effected by radiation after an atomic bomb was dropped on Japan during the second world war.(3-6)

Stories from near and far, Weston Woods (2004)
Animated picture stories from around the world. I, Crocodile (an Egyptian story), Hot Hippo (an African tale), Possum Magic (Australia), Tikki Tikki Tembo (a story set in China).(P-2)

Stories about caring and sharing, Weston Woods (2008)
Animated picture story books which illustrate aspects of caring, being friends and good manners. (P-2)

Talking Values Curriculum Corporation (2005) DVD-ROM
Features a 20 minute video of teachers, students, parents and other educators discussing approaches to values education. PDFs of support notes for teachers included.

Temple of dreams, Tom Zubrycki (2007)
A documentary which follows a group of young Australian Muslims as they strive to save a youth community centre by fundraising and dealing with the local council. A documentary which dispels stereotypes.

Voices of disposable people , VEA (2004)
Presents through different stories the disadvantages faced by people in India, the Dominican Republic, Florida and Philadelphia including: bonded labour; lack of influence in their economic environment; hard working conditions; poor living conditions and exploitation. The role of the World Bank, the IMF and wealthy corporations and individuals in creating poverty is considered. (secondary level)

Vote yes for Aborigines: the fight for Aboriginal citizenship rights, Frances Peters-Little (2007)
A documentary about the 1967 referendum and the fight for citizenship rights for indigenous Australians.


Globalise me! A student’s guide to globalisation Curriculum Corporation & Global Education Project/Aus Aid 2004, A comprehensive resource based on themes around globalisation such as: economy, language, environment, technology and people. Three powerpoints are available to use in classrooms including introduction to globalisation, exploration of themes with cartoons and guide for teachers. (secondary level)

The Languages and Multicultural Education Resources Centre (LMERC) is a DEECD specialist library and support centre for schools in the following areas: Languages other than English (LOTE),English as a Second Language (ESL), Multicultural Education, Studies of Asia, Civics and Citizenship, Human Rights, Global Education, Values and related areas. LMERC library membership is available to Victorian teachers from school sectors, community language schools and staff and students from tertiary education faculties. To become a member of the LMERC library, go to the LMERC online catalogue at Resources can be posted to schools in regional areas for free but school/teacher must pay for return postage.
LMERC is located at 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton 3053
(03) 9349 1418 and fax (03) 9349 1295