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EDUC476 Diversity and Inclusion

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Strategies, valuing identity and diversity for engagement with priority learners, gifted and talented learners, and learners with special needs.

Tēnā koutou ākonga mā. Greetings students. Nau mai haere mai ki tēnei kaupapa: EDUC 476 Diversity and Inclusion. Welcome to the paper! EDUC 476 introduces you to a range of perspectives on diversity and inclusion as they relate to teaching and learning. Our hope is that this course will contribute to your personal and professional learning by encouraging you to critically reflect on your assumptions about students and their families/whānau, engage with theoretical perspectives concerning diversity and inclusion and connect these to classroom practice, and develop a personal philosophy and a range of strategies for enacting it in your teaching.

Paper title Diversity and Inclusion
Paper code EDUC476
Subject Education
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 26 November 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,047.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,991.50

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Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Dr Gill Rutherford

Other staff: Yvonne Brouwer, Dr Rachel Martin

Paper Structure

Inclusion and diversity: theoretical perspectives and philosophies

  • Social justice/Human rights
  • Kaupapa Māori
  • Pasifika cultural competencies framework
  • Disability Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Transformative praxis
  • Ethics

Policy matters

  • Conventions, laws and policy documents relating to diverse learners (including UNCRC, UNCRPD, Education Act, Human Rights Act, NZ Disability Strategy, NZ Curriculum, Te Whāriki, He Mātauranga, Our Code, Our Standards)

Teaching responsively

  • Engaging with diverse identities, languages and cultures
  • Pedagogical frameworks and strategies (e.g., Tātaiako, Ka Hikitia, Te Kotahitanga - effective teaching profile, Tapasā: Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners, inclusive pedagogies, Universal Design for Learning, restorative practice)
  • Building and sustaining relationships

    • Working ethically with learners, whānau, community and professional agencies
    • Working with support staff in education settings
    Teaching Arrangements
    Face-to-face delivery.

    A list of course readings will be provided on eReserve

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this paper, students will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to teaching and learning in Aotearoa.
    2. Reflexively address conceptions of difference, diversity, inclusion, and, social justice as they relate to education, teaching and learning.
    3. Critically evaluate the impact of policy on inclusive practice in education.
    4. Critically reflect on their role in fostering inclusive classroom communities.

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    1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 26 November 2020)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 28-29, 34, 47-48