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Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Unit Code: EDU80014

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. Preservice 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.


  • 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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