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Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU80014

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit critically examines how education systems both reproduce and challenge social inequalities. The unit highlights a teacher’s professional responsibility to provide children and young people with an equitable education in line with political and legislative priorities. Pre-service teachers will critically reflect on their educational experiences and assumptions to more effectively engage all students. Pre-service teachers will explore the diverse needs, strengths, interests, and backgrounds of students, especially in relation to social class, disability, culture, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality. Pre-service teachers will formulate critically-informed and socially just
teaching strategies that value the diversity of students.

Content

  • Key sociological tools for examining the explicit and implicit work of educators and education systems
  • The ethics, theory, and practice of inclusion
  • The philosophy, purpose and political nature of education
  • Equity vs equality in education
  • The representation and language of diversity, equity and inclusion in education
  • The persistent myth of meritocracy, colourblindness, and deficit discourses in relation to educational access, participation, and achievement
  • The role of schools in debating, reinforcing, and challenging classism, racism, sexism, and ableism
  • The perspectives and experiences of marginalised students
  • Characteristics of common additional needs
  • Strategies for implementing reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities
  • Strength-based and valuing approaches for diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Learning environments that promote diversity, equity and inclusion
  • The importance of collaborating with families and other professionals to access support, resources, and additional services
  • Codes of ethics and conduct, relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes

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