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    Development of student teachers’ critical understanding, knowledge and enactment of socially just, inclusive pedagogies that are responsive to and respectful of learner diversity within the education system.

    EDUC 476 introduces a range of perspectives on diversity and inclusion as they relate to teaching and learning. This course will contribute to your personal and professional learning by encouraging you to critically reflect on your own positionality as a teacher and your assumptions about children, young people and their families/whanau. Throughout the course you will engage with theoretical perspectives concerning equity and rights and connect these to centre/classroom practice; grow your personal teaching philosophy; and develop a range of strategies for engaging collaboratively and constructively with children and young people.

    About this paper

    Paper title Diversity and Inclusion
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 13 December 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,223.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Paper Coordinator:  Karina Nafatali - 

    Teaching staff

    Dr Gill Rutherford
    Associate Professor Vivienne Anderson
    Dr Jane Carroll
    Karina Nafatali
    Roberta Carvalho

    Paper Structure

    Inclusion and diversity: theoretical perspectives, philosophies and critiques:

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

    Conventions, laws and policy documents relating to diverse learners (including UNCRC, UNCRPD, UNDRIP, Education and Training Act, Human Rights Act, NZ Disability Strategy, NZ Curriculum, Te Whāriki, 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, Action Plan for Pacific Education, Tapasā: Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners, inclusive pedagogies, restorative practice, Universal Design for Learning)
    • Building and sustaining relationships
    • Working ethically with learners, whānau, community and professional agencies
    • Working ethically with support staff in education settings
    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via 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.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to teaching and learning in Aotearoa
    • Reflexively address conceptions of difference, diversity, inclusion, and, social justice as they relate to education, teaching and learning
    • Critically evaluate the impact of policy on inclusive practice in education
    • Critically reflect on their role in fostering inclusive classroom communities


    1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 13 December 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 29-32, 43, 45, 47-48


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-32, 42-45, 47-48
    A2 Thursday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 42-45, 47-48
    A3 Friday 10:00-11:50 29-32, 42-45, 47-48
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