Learning for the future: making the case for teaching diversity management to undergraduate students

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for an Unknown Future Vol. 26

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
ISBN
0 90 8557 55 8
Abstract 

As tertiary educators, we have a responsibility to prepare students for the future. For most students, the most immediate and desired destination upon graduation is employment. Although the future is unpredictable, we can provide students with the skills and resources to function effectively in current employment markets. One key skill that is currently under-developed in Australian management curricula is the teaching of diversity management. Australia’s diverse population and its geographical location within South East Asia and the Pacific Rim are compelling reasons to equip students aiming for careers in management with conceptual and practical knowledge of diversity management practices. This paper draws on the experience of teaching an undergraduate unit, ‘Managing Diversity’, in a Business School in an Australian university, since 2000. The authors argue that diversity management is a particularly relevant skill for employees and management in the future and one that should be widely taught at undergraduate level.

Keywords: diversity management; teaching practice; tertiary

Learning for the future: making the case for teaching diversity management to undergraduate students

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