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Our Purpose

The aim of these projects will be to improve student wellbeing and learning outcomes through strengthening educational practitioners and leaders competencies for intercultural learning and understanding, in the context of a truly global school, a multi-cultural student generation and a globalised world.


Intercultural competency and intelligence is as an indicator of successful primary and secondary education.

The capability of students to learn about and engage with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect is an essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the 21st century.

An increasingly culturally diverse student population, together with the school’s commitment to Indigenous Education, is shaping an educational environment where intercultural learning and understanding can be explicitly valued, and directly and indirectly taught with greater intentionality.

This presents an opportunity for further investigation into how intercultural learning and understanding can help prepare young people for life, citizenship and employment in multicultural societies and in a globalised world.

Through the Barker Institute’s research in this domain, Barker can help education systems rethink goals, content and methods with a focus on the kinds of human beings that schools are educating and the kinds of societies – open, cohesive, respectful and supportive – that are valued.  

Research Questions

Potential projects may explore questions such as:

  • How can intercultural learning and understanding help prepare young people for life, citizenship and employment in multicultural societies and in a globalised world? 
  • How might schools measure the development of intercultural competency and intelligence in an effective manner? 
  • How might the diversity of world languages, cultures and thinking be integrated into teaching in such a way as to inspire every learner?  

Targeted Publications

In addition to disseminating ongoing research in and thinking around intercultural learning and understanding via its website, social media networks, and its journal Learning in Practice, the Barker Institute will work towards publishing its research in this area in such journals as: 

  • Journal of Home Language Research 
  • Journal of Research in International Education 
  • International Education Studies