|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: ESP2200 or EDS2402
Enrolment is not permitted in ESI4100 if EDX3250 has been previously completed
Today’s classrooms are environments inclusive of a diverse group of learners. Diversity of learners, means diversity of individual needs including physical, social, and intellectual, as well as unique cultural and linguistic needs. Providing quality teaching with consideration of the concepts of social justice and equity to support and effectively ensure participation and engagement of all learners is the job of every educator. Awareness and understanding of learner diversity in the classroom is fundamental to establishing a culture of inclusion where the individual needs of all learners are catered for. At all levels of career development educators must demonstrate, with practical examples, their competency in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), one of which outlines the need for differentiated teaching to meet the additional needs of all learners. National expectations and legislation guide curriculum delivery and mandate educator accountabilities, reflecting expectations of social justice and inclusive practice across global educational contexts.
This course will focus on developing an awareness and understanding of learner diversity, and the knowledge, skills and attitude pre-service teachers will need to cater for this diversity within an inclusive learning environment. Exploration of current evidence-based approaches, including socially just and equitable practices, legislation, policies, and professional contexts that inform inclusive education will be studied along with their implications for teaching and learning. A key focus within the course is developing an understanding of the range of learner diversity and the implications of this diversity for planning, teaching, and assessing participation and learning. Inclusive pedagogy will be explored to help pre-service teachers develop their understanding and skills to implement effective teaching and learning strategies, managing challenging behaviours and promote positive outcomes for all learners. As part of course assessment a case study approach will be considered to support pre-service teachers in developing a `real life' understanding of classroom diversity. Assessment in this course will focus on knowing learners and how they learn; planning, and implementing effective teaching and learning; and creating and maintaining supportive and safe learning environments.