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EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion
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General Information

Overview

This unit develops your knowledge and understanding of legislation and policy related to inclusion in educational settings. You will examine representations of diversity and difference in contemporary Australian society and the ways in which stereotypes associated with marginalised groups are constructed and maintained. You will reflect on legislative and policy frameworks; explore ways in which personal assumptions, biases and value positions affect the “labelling” of students from diverse social, cultural and economic groups including students with disabilities; and, evaluate the impact of their own socio-cultural backgrounds and belief systems on creating inclusive settings. You will identify barriers to learning for diverse groups including culturally diverse learners and those with special needs and critique strategies for responding to and valuing diversity and promoting social inclusion in educational settings.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Survey

Feedback

The guest speakers gave the content real world context.

Recommendation

Continue to invite guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience with students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain how difference, dominance and stereotypes related to marginalised groups are constructed and maintained in social contexts
  2. Summarise the legislative framework and key principles and processes described in inclusion policies for educational settings
  3. Discuss the extent to which Australia can be called an inclusive society and identify and explain the potential impacts on educators’ attempts to promote social inclusion in educational settings
  4. Critically reflect on the role of educational professionals and the system support structures required to promote successful social inclusion for students from diverse backgrounds, including students with disability and special needs
  5. Provide a rationale for establishing productive relationships with culturally diverse families and communities and specialist professional groups to support the aims of inclusive educational settings and the development and integration of inclusive teaching practices
  6. Select and evaluate strategies that promote the development of a learning community through effective management of the classroom environment; fostering positive social relationships and a sense of belonging; and provision of quality learning experiences for students from the full range of abilities and backgrounds
  7. Describe strategies for meeting the specific learning needs of students with a disability.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

3.7 Engage parents/carers in the educative process

4.1 Support student participation

4.3 Manage challenging behaviour

4.4 Maintain student safety

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

7.3 Engage with the parents/carers

7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Corey Bloomfield Unit Coordinator
c.bloomfield@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Australian culture and society - what is it?

Chapter

Hyde, Carpenter & Dole (2017) - Chapter 1 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of documents within the Week 1 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Identity, labelling and the rights of the individual

Chapter

Ferfolja, Jones Diaz & Ullman (2018) - Chapter 3 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 2 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Legislating for inclusion

Chapter

Hyde, Carpenter & Dole (2017) - Chapter 2 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 3 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Practicing inclusion

Chapter

Hyde, Carpenter & Dole (2017) - Chapter 17 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 4 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Arguments for and against inclusion

Chapter

Chambers & Forlin (2018) (article available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 5 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Responding to inclusion and diversity Due: Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Differentiation

Chapter

Tomlinson (2014) - Chapter 1 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 6 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Challenging behaviour in inclusive classrooms

Chapter

Ashman (2015) - Chapter 7 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 7 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Culturally and linguistically diverse students

Chapter

Hyde, Carpenter & Dole (2017) - Chapter 3 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 8 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Indigenous students

Chapter

Hyde, Carpenter & Dole (2017) - Chapter 4 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 9 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Gifted and talented students

Chapter

Hyde, Carpenter & Dole (2017) - Chapter 14 (eBook available through CQU Library via the unit's eReading list).

Readings also consist of additional documents within the Week 10 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Students with disabilities

Chapter

Readings consist of documents within the Week 11 eReading list for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Review of the unit

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Differentiation and catering for differences Due: Week 12 Wednesday (6 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Responding to inclusion and diversity

Task Description

This assessment task requires you to analyse and reflect on the concepts of access, change and formation of attitudes in the context of the work of educators in contemporary Australian settings. To complete this task, you will submit a written response of 1500 words (minimum) to no more than 2000 words (maximum) that includes each of the sections outlined below.

  • Definitions of key concepts (300-400 words)

Attitudes towards difference and diversity can influence how society and communities experience social inclusion or exclusion. These attitudes can influence access and participation to all aspects of community life including education. In your response to this define the following concepts:

  • Stereotype,
  • Racism,
  • Prejudice,
  • Social justice.

Be sure to provide an example of each concept in action in Australian society.

  • The Australian social context - evidence of discrimination or social inclusion (400-500 words)

The media is often said to reflect our society and portrays difference and diversity within the community through the way that different groups or people are characterized in advertisements, film or television programs, news reporting and people employed as presenters.

Using examples from a range of media texts demonstrate the extent to which Australia can be called an inclusive or exclusive society.

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of how this affects students, particularly those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds (APST 1.4).

  • Legislation and education policy responses to inclusion (400-500 words)

Identify and discuss the legislative frameworks that, inturn, forms the basis for inclusive education policies in your State.

You will need to consider how legislation and policies impact on the legal responsibilities and practice of educators in school, classroom or care settings (APST 7.2).

This response will need to demonstrate your understanding of the key principles described in the relevant codes of conduct and ethics for the teaching profession (APST 7.1).

  • Reflection on your attitude and ability to respond to diversity and inclusion (400-500 words)

Critically reflect on how you might approach your work in responding to diversity and inclusion as a future teacher.

Consider your responses to The Australian social context and Legislation and education policy outlined above:

  • How do media representations of discrimination and/or social inclusion impact on your role as a teacher?
  • How will both federal and state legislation, along with their related education policies, affect you in your role as a teacher?
  • Also consider what influence your own cultural background and life experience may have on your attitudes around student diversity and inclusion.
  • Include how you plan to engage with community and professional representatives to broaden your professional knowledge and practice (APST 7.4).
  • Be sure to address how this continued professional learning will support you to improve student learning (APST 6.4).

Weighting: 50%
APST Descriptors demonstrated: 1.4, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Assessment will be returned once the moderation process has been completed.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment will be marked against the following criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of specific key concepts relating to inclusion and diversity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of social inclusion practices, with a particular focus on the impact for students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds (APST 1.4).
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and policies that inform inclusion policies and how these relate to ethics and responsibilities in the teaching profession (APST 7.1 & 7.2).
  • Knowledge of the need to engage with community and professional representatives to broaden professional practice and an understanding of how this knowledge impacts on student learning (APST 6.4 & 7.4).
  • Standard of academic writing and use of academic materials.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All assignments must be uploaded via moodle, assignments will only be accepted via moodle upload

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how difference, dominance and stereotypes related to marginalised groups are constructed and maintained in social contexts
  • Summarise the legislative framework and key principles and processes described in inclusion policies for educational settings
  • Discuss the extent to which Australia can be called an inclusive society and identify and explain the potential impacts on educators’ attempts to promote social inclusion in educational settings
  • Critically reflect on the role of educational professionals and the system support structures required to promote successful social inclusion for students from diverse backgrounds, including students with disability and special needs


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Differentiation and catering for differences

Task Description

Differentiation is a process of adapting curricula and classroom environments to promote quality learning for all students. This task provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate an understanding of how inclusive practice can be achieved through responsive teaching and the selection of strategies that effectively cater for the characteristics of a diverse range of learners. To complete this task you will submit a written response of 1500 words (minimum) to no more than 2000 words (maximum) addressing each of the sections below:

Labelling and the rights of all students to access education (400-500 words)

There are on-going debates about the efficacy of inclusion and labelling with different attitudes and perceptions raised by students, parents and teachers regarding access to education.

Identify and discuss these arguments, focussing on how legislative requirements and teaching strategies support participation and learning of students with disability (APST 1.6).

You will also need to address how you intend to support the general wellbeing and safety of students (APST 4.4).

Personal approach to differentiation (400-500 words)

You will now be aware that your classroom will have a diverse range of students with specific characteristics that affect their learning, ranging from cultural, linguistic, social-emotional, cognitive and physical disabilities, learning difficulties and socioeconomic differences (APST 1.1).

Using unit readings and your set text select, describe behaviour management and teaching strategies along with other important practices that are claimed to be responsive to the strengths and needs of diverse learners (APST 1.3 & 4.3).

You will need to outline how you would use these to establish inclusive practice in your classroom (APST 4.1).

Catering for Gifted and Talented learners (300-400 words)

Gifted and talented students are a group of specific learners that are often missed within the busy classroom.

Demonstrate what management and teaching strategies would you use to cater for this group of learners; and consider the ways you could meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities (APST 1.5).

Fostering positive relationships and quality education and care (400-500 words)

Demonstrate how your approach to differentiation would foster positive social relationships and well-being between teachers and diverse learners, families and communities in education / care settings.

You will need to focus on how you will involve parents in the educative process (APST 3.7) in an effective, sensitive and confidential way (APST 7.3).


Weighting: 50%
APST Descriptors demonstrated: 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 7.3


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Wednesday (6 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Assignments are released after certification of grades


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment will marked against the following criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of competing arguments regarding inclusive teaching practices, wellbeing, and safety, within a framework of legislative requirements (APST 1.6 & 4.4).
  • Knowledge and application of practices and strategies underpinning differentiation and inclusive practice (APST 1.3, 4.1 & 4.3).
  • Knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning strategies related to Gifted and Talented learners and how these strategies could be used to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities (APST 1.5).
  • Articulation of appropriate practices for developing well-being and positive relationships among stakeholders in an effective, sensitive and confidential way (APST 3.7 & 7.3).
  • Standard of academic writing and use of academic materials.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All assignments must be uploaded via moodle, assignments will only be accepted via moodle upload

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Provide a rationale for establishing productive relationships with culturally diverse families and communities and specialist professional groups to support the aims of inclusive educational settings and the development and integration of inclusive teaching practices
  • Select and evaluate strategies that promote the development of a learning community through effective management of the classroom environment; fostering positive social relationships and a sense of belonging; and provision of quality learning experiences for students from the full range of abilities and backgrounds
  • Describe strategies for meeting the specific learning needs of students with a disability.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

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