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‘Families of the World’ is another great educational tool that incorporates a Global Perspective in promoting an understanding about similarities and differences of cultural expression. There are approximately 30 different short-clips (filmed from a child's perspective) that depict the family lifestyle in different countries around the world. Whilst the videos are narrated in English, they are all filmed overseas so allow children to gain a visual awareness as to how families express their cultures differently, including exposure to things such as food, clothing and language.
As per the Melbourne Declaration of Educational Goals for Young Children (MCEETYA, 2008, p.4), “Global integration and international mobility have increased rapidly in the past decade”, thus, “This heightens the need to nurture…a sense of global citizenship”. Meanwhile, one Cross-Curriculum Priority is ‘Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, whereby teachers should “ensure students learn about and recognise the diversity within and between the countries of the Asia region” (ACARA, 2012, p. 18). With this priority in mind, the chosen videos for reflection could potentially be China or India, or one of our closer neighbours like the Philippines or Thailand.
A form of assessment in conjunction with ‘Families of the World’ therefore may be a project that involves students creating their own videos of their families with respect to culture. The video could be question-based, some examples being “What kind of food do we eat at home?”, “What kind of clothes do we wear at home?”, “What do we celebrate at home?” and where appropriate, “What language or languages do we speak at home?” and “What customs or religious practices do we follow at home?” Such an assignment would also incorporate the General Capability ‘Information and Communications Technology’ (ACARA, 2013). Furthermore, it correlates with the Global Perspectives framework for teaching Identity and Cultural Diversity that suggests primary students “Investigate similarities and differences in beliefs and culture of people in Australian and around the world through family histories” (Commonwealth of Australia, 2008).
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) (2012). The Shape of the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/The_Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_v4.pdf
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) (2013). General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/GeneralCapabilities/General%20capabilities.pdf
Commonwealth of Australia (2008). Global Perspective: A framework for global education in Australian Schools. Retrieved from http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/global-education.edu.au/gobal-education/what-is-global-ed.html
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA). 2008. Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. MCEETYA, Carlton South.