Dr. Caroline Walta, at Latrobe University, has developed the project of Intercultural sensitivity in education, so to diversify the teaching skills of educational professionals, and their affordances in engaging with global students. With this potential, both Australian teachers and the students from all parts of the word, including Australia, can culturally gradually integrate into increasingly more effective positions for education, and professional development.Dr. Caroline Walta is Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Outdoor Education, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Commerce Education. She is also Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in education, at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia.
Australia has continuously positioned itself in a cultural transition. Its interaction with neighboring countries and regions, as well as with migrants from those regions, has built an environment where society must engage at increasingly greater levels of intercultural sensitivity.As Australians, our professional and academic lifeworlds and require that we become inter-culturally sensitive, through a cultural engagement with others. This has well become the case in teacher education.
Teacher education in universities in Melbourne have developed programs to provide student teachers with opportunities to develop syllabii for teaching programs globally, by learning and adapting to intercultural instances. This opportunity thus affords the student teachers multiple competences, such as dealing with a range of cultures in teaching, adapting to new cultures, language negotiation, teacher positioning in a diverse set of environments, reducing essentialist notions of others, developing lesson designs for a range of types of learners, and, realizing the importance of critical pedagogies in education and the global classroom.