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The Learning Conference 2003

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Policy and Practice in the Valuing of Diversity: Teacher and Student Responses to the National War on Terror

Sue McGinty.

Article 26.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial and religious groups”. The Queensland Education 2010 statement and the Defining Features Statement for Catholic Schools appear to support this purpose. In the aftermath of events such as September 11, Bali and the War on Iraq, the researchers explored the impact this “war on terrorism” is having on teaching the valuing of difference as a means of creating integrated local and global communities. Focus groups of teachers and students and interviews with Principals in four local high schools were conducted. The results of the study are presented in the paper.


Sue McGinty  (Australia)
Director of Research, School of Indigenous Australian Studies

James Cook University, Townsville

Sue McGinty is currently Director of Research at the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at James Cook University. She researches issues pertaining to socio-cultural perspectives in education. She has recently published two books with Peter Lang (New York) entitled “Resilience, Gender and Success at School” (1999), and “The politics and machinations of educational research: International case studies” (2001), and one with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies entitled “Karrayili: Adult education in a remote Australian community” (2000). In June 2002 she completed three major research projects for the Indigenous Education Consultative Body to the Queensland Government. She has taught courses in qualitative research methods in Sweden and Australia.

  • Valuing Diversity Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Policy and Practice

(30 min Conference Paper, English)