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EDUC313 Inclusive Education

Practical and philosophical issues supporting the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in mainstream educational and community settings, supported by examples from education systems in New Zealand and elsewhere.

If you are interested in learning about socially just education for all students, and in particular for those who are disabled, EDUC 313 may be of relevance to you. The paper provides students with opportunities to examine their values and beliefs about human beings, rights, learning and teaching and consider ways of teaching that are respectful of and responsive to the diversity of learners in today's schools and early childhood contexts.

Paper title Inclusive Education
Paper code EDUC313
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 200-level EDUC, PSYC or SOCI paper
EDUT 368
Schedule C
Arts and Music
An open mind and willingness to think.
Teaching staff
Dr Gill Rutherford
Paper Structure
Key Concepts:
  • Disability is a natural part of being human
  • Disability is about human rights
  • Understanding individuals' experiences of disability is critical in developing respectful ways of knowing about this aspect of human difference
  • Understanding people begins with a presumption of competence
  • Language matters
A list of course readings will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, it is anticipated that students will be able to:
  1. Outline the history of disabled people, focusing on how people have been perceived, constructed and treated by society and how disabled groups have responded
  2. Discuss the experiences of disabled people and the understandings and practices that have developed in support of individual needs
  3. Critique current educational policy and practice in New Zealand for disabled children and young people
  4. Critique research and practices that have promoted inclusion in educational settings
  5. Identify issues relating to the inclusion and exclusion of disabled people and their families/whānau

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41