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Appreciating Difference: Reflections on Teaching in the Culturally Diverse Classroom

Janet Gregory.

The paper presents my experiences of teaching an undergraduate class in Organisation Behaviour at Swinburne University of Technology. The class consisted of both local Australian and International students and the focus of the paper is on exploring responses to cultural diversity within the classroom. Following each class I wrote extensive process records detailing my experience and concentrating on my responses to the cultural diversity in the class. A Grounded Theory methodology was used to draw out and analyse the data. The paper discusses a number of categories of interest that emerged from the data, including issues of power and group dynamics.


Janet Gregory  (Australia)

Janet Gregory is a lecturer in Organisation Behaviour/Human Resource Management in the School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD research concerns the responses of university lecturers to cultural diversity in the classroom.

  • Cultural diversity
  • Reflections of teaching

(30 min Conference Paper, English)