|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPLT or MSLT
Educators encounter people from diverse backgrounds and with varied needs as part of everyday life. Diversity presents itself in a multitude of ways. Cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, gender, age, ethnicity, disability and giftedness are all aspects of the differences each of us brings to any context. Gaining the capacity to understand and work effectively in diverse settings is a vital skill for educators who must be capable of differentiating learning experiences according to student need; and of working proactively to engage all students in productive and inclusive ways within the whole school context. Ensuring equitable access to a quality education for all students is a fundamental pillar of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration. Teachers must therefore be able to meet these challenges including the pressing need to improve the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with English as another Language and children with special needs within the range of diverse groups in Australian classrooms.
This course explores the diversity that educators encounter as part of their professional practice. It explores diversity in its many forms, expressed through culture, identity, language, ethnicity, socio-economic experience, religion, abilities and disabilities, gender and age. EDM5002 focusses on recognition of the identities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background students and relevant pedagogies to engage learners. It identifies the learning needs of individual children with special needs across the full range of abilities in the frame of an inclusive whole-school approach to education. Accessing relevant legislative, administrative, educational and organisational policy and processes is a tool used for understanding and implementing the complex demands of Diversity.