Conference theme: Student Populations and Diversity

Title: Working with diverse students: Can lessons learnt in South Africa be applicable in Pan-Pacific region?

Theda Thomas


Diversity is often seen as a negative aspect in teaching and learning. It can, however, offer opportunities for growth on the part of all students as they learn to develop the social, cognitive and communication skills necessary to work in a multicultural environment. The issue of diversity has become prevalent in South Africa in the last few years. It has been shown that diversity needs to be addressed by helping the lecturers understand the issues and modify their curricula as well as by helping the students. This paper shows one lecturers research and journey in working diverse students in group work and asks the question if these lessons can be applicable in the Pan-Pacific region.

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