Inclusion in education involves taking action to overcome any exclusionary experience or context that may be encountered by the children and young people that we teach. This unit is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to address the vast range of exclusionary practices they, and young people/children, may encounter in current social and educational settings. The unit provides pre-service teachers with a theoretical, critical and practical understanding of inclusionary practice in Australian educational contexts. It aims to develop an understanding of the conditions required to establish inclusive learning environments for all children and young people by drawing on contemporary socio-cultural educational theories and practices.
This unit is also the culmination of practicum experience and will require the classroom application of theoretical understandings to critically address the pedagogies, policy and curriculum that produce educational practice in schools. It will challenge mainstream perceptions of inclusive practice and build an ongoing critical awareness of inclusive educational contexts through a social justice perspective.
Community Service Requirement
This unit has associated community service of 20 hours in which time students will work in approved community based organisations in which time they will be able to demonstrate community involvement, social justice perspectives and contribution to Communities of Practice.
This unit has associated professional experience of 30 days that is spent in a school and is the 3rd professional experience in a sequence of 3 for this course. As placement schools are mostly Australian based, students enrolled in this unit must provide a current police check/working with children card to the school and CDU Professional Experience Office prior to the commencement of the professional experience.
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