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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 will provide you with opportunities to examine your 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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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 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

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Outline the history of disabled people, focusing on how people have been perceived, constructed and treated by society and how disabled individuals and self-advocacy groups have responded
  • Discuss the experiences of disabled people and the understandings and practices that have developed in support of individual learning characteristics and rights
  • Critique current educational policy and practice in New Zealand for disabled children and young people
  • Critique research and practices that have promoted inclusion in educational settings
  • Identify issues relating to the inclusion and exclusion of disabled people and their families/whānau

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41