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Domain 04

Intercultural Education

The Barker Institute is undertaking research projects that will provide research-informed practical advice and guidance to educational practitioners and leaders about intercultural learning and understanding.

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 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

  • 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? 

Selected Projects & Writings