Refining learning outcomes in multicultural ICT classrooms: the development of a structured framework
A change in the dynamics of a classroom environment, created from internationalisation of student cohorts, has caused educators to reconsider their learning methods that they use. This paper presents a structured framework for improving learning outcomes in multicultural classroom settings in the ICT discipline through the use of a student-centred learning approach. It is based on a review of the literature describing best practices in teaching in multicultural classrooms. The paper begins with a discussion of the evolving nature of higher education in Australia, and addresses the increasing number of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students as a result of changes in government policies. A discussion of the benefits and challenges of CALD classroom settings and the methods for increasing student engagement and learning outcomes in such settings, is also presented.