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Incorporating Indigenous and cross-cultural issues into an undergraduate psychology course: Experience at Curtin University of Technology.

Sonn, Christopher C and Garvey, Darren C and Bishop, Brian and Smith, Leigh M (2000) Incorporating Indigenous and cross-cultural issues into an undergraduate psychology course: Experience at Curtin University of Technology. Australian Psychologist, 35. pp. 143-149. ISSN 0005-0067

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Abstract

There has been a clear expression of the need to incorporate Indigenous and cross-cultural issues into psychology curricula and for the development of models to guide the process. This paper outlines the process of developing an Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology unit at Curtin University of Technology. A conceptual framework that includes foundational, professional, and socially responsive knowledge, which has guided the development and implementation of the unit, is presented. A description of the course content and processes of delivery follow this. Observations based on informal evaluation of the unit and our perceptions of what it is achieving and where it may need to be modified are offered. For example, the ways in which the unit helped to validate the experiences of members of different social and cultural groups are highlighted. Finally, some recommendations are made and challenges in dealing with increasing cultural diversification in tertiary education are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous issues, socially responsive knowledge, cross-cultural psychology, education
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/411
DOI: 10.1080/00050060008260336
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