INTRODUCTION

The increase of multiculturalism in Australia has reshaped how schools are being structured. 44% of Australians who were born overseas or are children to parents who were born overseas (Lawrence, Brooker & Goodnow, 2012). This means nearly half of the entire Australian citizens are either first generation or second generation Australians. As the number of immigration and refugees continues skyrocket, it is important that schools are able to equipped with the appropriate resources and teaching strategies to provide the equal opportunity for the education of all different cultural and race. Although being multicultural refers to immigrants and refugees, this resource will be more focused on immigrants. For many immigrant children who have moved from another country,  coming to Australia may struggle with the process of acculturation where they experience another culture other than their enculturation. Immigrants often undergo many changes in order to be acculturated. They experience change in their sense of home, change in their sense of identity and change in moving into other subgroups of a cultural. They also develop hybrid identities to suit their situation. In the Australian Curriculum, one of its general capabilities in intercultural understanding (ACARA, 2014). Therefore it is essential for all teachers to gain insight into the issue and additional resources to support the growth of children who are currently facing these sort of changes. This resource aims to provide educators with an understanding of the increasing cultural diversity in Australia and how they can better support this issue as a teacher. This resource includes teaching strategies and professional development activities for educators to identify issues evolving around cultural identity effectively (Lawrence, Brooker & Goodnow, 2012).

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(ACARA, 2014)

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