Interculturalizing the Curriculum
Interculturalizing the Curriculum – Faculty PD Program
Since 2008, The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has offered a unique and intensive professional development opportunity for faculty members to enhance culturally responsive teaching strategies and incorporate intercultural learning outcomes in curriculum. Over 100 faculty from 18 departments have completed the program; they have enhanced their teaching and confidence working with culturally diverse learners, revised curricula, initiated SoTL projects, presented at conferences, and published in education journals.
One of TRU’s Strategic Priorities is Increasing Intercultural Understanding. Developing and modeling intercultural competency has become an important objective for faculty. Our campuses and classrooms are becoming increasingly culturally diverse. International student enrolment has increased 119% in less than a decade with some 495,000 students studying on Canadian campuses (CBIE 2018). New and first-generation Canadians comprise a growing population of students. Moreover, we are called to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which will “require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism” for public servants (Call 57). Educators are also tasked with “Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect” (Call 63iii). TRU’s Interculturalizing the Curriculum seeks to provide a foundation in intercultural theory, inclusive pedagogy and learning outcome design to bring us closer to the goals of developing pedagogical approaches and curricula that will help to prepare students as effective professionals and citizens in increasingly complex and diverse global and local contexts.
Participants in the program will:
- Apply intercultural development theories to their own and students’ development
- Review cultural values dimensions related to learning and teaching in diverse contexts
- Reflect on settler/Indigenous relations
- Consider strategies for facilitating multicultural group work
- Develop learning outcomes, assessments, and learning activities to support intercultural learning for all students
- Become part of an interdisciplinary community of practice at TRU and beyond
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Impact of Program
Check out what past participants have to say about the Interculturalizing the Curriculum Program and the documented research findings.
As published in: Garson, K., Bourassa, E., & Odgers, T. (2016). Interculturalizing the curriculum: Faculty professional development. Journal of Intercultural Education. Routledge, Taylor and Francis