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Minority Students in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse countries, with a quarter of the population born overseas and over 400 languages spoken. Despite high levels of diversity, the population of Australia remains predominantly English-speaking, White, of European descent, and Christian. Minority students in Australia belong to groups outside the aforementioned majority groups or are from lower socioeconomic status (SES) groups. Minority students are also referred to as ‘non-English speaking background’ or ‘culturally and linguistically diverse students’. Current research illustrates that most minority students experience inequality and disadvantage, with Australian political, social, and educational systems rooted in the beliefs and practises of the majority groups. This entry discusses policies affecting minority students in Australian primary and secondary schools and higher education and ...

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