This unit supports pre-service teachers to become aware and committed inclusive educators. Pre-service teachers will explore their own positionality as a way of understanding the barriers and enablers to inclusion. They are encouraged to connect theory and practice by using their own experiences to inform their understandings and to expand their knowledge through research and peer sharing. The unit focuses on how pre-service teachers can support and include students from diverse backgrounds across areas such as socio-economic background, culture, race, Indigeneity, gender, sexuality and ability/disability. This unit draws on social justice theoretical models of practice to explore the standpoint of students who have been historically marginalised in education. A critical pedagogy framework will be used to challenge dominant discourses that perpetuate notions of privilege, power and oppression. Pre-service teachers will articulate their understandings of inclusive education by drawing on curriculum requirements, policy documents and professional standards. Preservice teachers will present their personal theoretical standpoint of what it means to be an inclusive and culturally responsive teacher with reference to a range of literature in the field.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The lecturer will provide students with reading materials on VU Collaborate and in consultation with the library.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):