Research reports prepared by three Australian preservice teachers'Paula Shaw, Chris Sharp and Scott McDonald'undertaking their teacher education practicum in Canada, form the basis of this paper. The reports provide critical insights into three aspects of education for young people in both Canada and Australia. They also provide critical insight into the ways in which a practicum research project, along with the opportunities afforded through an international experience, enabled the preservice teachers to broaden their understanding of the curriculum for young people, of issues relevant to the diverse needs of young people, and of themselves and their priorities as teachers. The preservice teachers investigated three topics: attempts to reduce homophobia in schools; the presence or absence of Aboriginal content in the school curricula in British Columbia and Queensland; and 'schools-within-schools' as a means to meet the needs of diverse student populations. Linda Farr Darling from the University of British Columbia provides a response to the three papers.