Inclusive Practice in Education

Unit code: ECE6008 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson
Online Self-Paced


This unit provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to critically engage as activist and reflective practitioners; and to extend their view of the child as capable in terms of diversity, inclusion, and equity, offering the perspective of children with special rights. This builds on the understanding and acknowledgement that all children have rights (for example, right to be heard, right to contribute, right to learn). This unit examines the rights of children in terms of diversity, equity, and social justice and engages with responsive teaching practices. Reviewing related early childhood policy will also be part of the unit, further contributing to curriculum decision-making and foundational understanding of social justice in terms of teacher identity. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Advocate the perspective that all children have rights in terms of diversity, equity, and social justice;
  2. Review early childhood policy regarding inclusion and diversity and its implication for curriculum across early childhood settings;
  3. Design responsive curriculum based on teaching practices that support inclusion, equity, and diversity;
  4. Reflect on perspectives that include the broad principles of justice, inclusion and difference.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
An infographic poster outlining inclusion and enacting rights of children.
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 35%
A well-being plan that supports inclusion, equity, social justice and diversity.
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 35%
Presentation and reflection on inclusion, equity, social justice and diversity

Required reading

All readings will be available through VU Collaborate

As part of a course

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