The Importance Of An Inclusive Learning Environment For My Students

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Culture is a set of knowledge, value, beliefs and behaviour which identifies people within a group from those out of it (Hofstede, 2011, p. 3; Woolfolk and Margetts, 2013, p. 29). Together with some other factors including gender, socioeconomic status (SES) and experience such as education, people form their own personal identity (Hewitt, 1989, cited in Hitlin, 2003, p. 118). In this paper, I would demonstrate how my personalities are shaped by the above factors in a way that enables me to understand the importance of an inclusive learning environment for my students, particularly Indigenous students in Australia, and affects my way of teaching them as well. Born in the colonial Hong Kong in the late 1980s, I am required by Chinese culture to show humbleness to the elders in the family, school and workplace, which somehow aligns with the way Indigenous Peoples value their kinship (Perso & Hayward, 2015, p. 7), while the western culture also emphasises the respect towards my peers and subordinates as well as equality. I grew up in a ‘multicultural’ environment where the minority groups are required to assimilate into the mainstream, which is a mixture of Chinese and western cultures. Yet, since I was educated to understand the importance of diversity, I empathize with the minorities when their culture is described as inferior compared to the mainstream. On the other hand, being the eldest son of a low SES family which could only afford the rent of a subsidized flat, I know I
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