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Inclusive education

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This is a slideshow using PowerPoint in response to an assignment in my course, EDUC4515 (Diverse Needs), University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

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Inclusive education

  1. 1. INCLUSIVE EDUCATION My Rationale <ul><li>By Sandra Gutierrez-Sullivan </li></ul>
  2. 2. Why Inclusive Education? <ul><li>Because it is a legislative mandate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-discrimination Act 1991 (QLD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (C’wealth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disability Standards for Education 2005 (C’wealth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act 1986 (C’wealth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (C’wealth) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Inclusive Education (cont’d) <ul><li>Because it is a policy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2010 Queensland State Education – Education Training Reforms for the Future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for the Gifted (QLD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive Education Statement 2005 (QLD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Plan 2007 – 2011 (QLD) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Human Rights Orientation – Is it such a bad thing? <ul><li>1948 Human Rights Declaration’s dictum: education is a basic human right (Wronka in Ife, 2001, p.6) </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive Education is for everybody and is everybody’s business (Slee in Queensland School Reform Longitudinal Study, 2001, p.11) </li></ul><ul><li>Only 40% of Indigenous students remain at school from commencement to Yr 12 compared to 76% of the non-Indigenous; and of these, less than one-third attain the nationally accepted literacy/numeracy standards compared to 87% of non-Indigenous counterparts (MCEETYA, 2001, p.5) </li></ul>
  5. 5. DIVERSITY – a potential catalyst for Social Injustice <ul><li>Practicing inclusivity because of diversity or in spite of diversity? </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive Education Statement of Intent (Qld School Reform longitudinal Study, QSRLS, 2004-2010): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhancing education opportunities for all students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on quality teaching and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect for diversity and commitment to social justice embedded in inclusive education </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Current Curriculum - Not quite a fait accompli for the Indigenous Students <ul><li>Teaching Indigenous children require the concept of relatedness which is a fundamental feature of Indigenous world views </li></ul><ul><li>The equality approach is not necessarily equity in education just as including all students does not necessarily mean inclusive education (Graham & Slee, 2008, p.278) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Language – Breaching the gap <ul><li>Quantifiable Specification in Standard English </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigenous language has no formal terms when it comes to time, distance and quantity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigenous students are disadvantaged because of the lack of formal quantification in their language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All forms of language must relate to the land, ancestors and with the community </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What’s wrong with Peter’s answer? (or, what’s wrong with the question?)
  9. 9. Making the Unfamiliar familiar! <ul><li>Seamless transition between primary & secondary schooling </li></ul><ul><li>Replicating familiar experience & prior knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher’s Responsibilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>intellectually challenging classroom practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assessing and reporting to demonstrate that demonstrate learning outcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authentic productive pedagogy </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Queensland School Reform Longitudinal Study (2001) Finally…….
  11. 11. List of References <ul><li>Brennan, M. (2000). A new generation of high schools – Discussion paper . ACT: New Millenium </li></ul><ul><li>Graham, L. & Slee, R. (2007). An illusory interiority: interrogating the discourses of inclusion. Educational philosophy and theory 40 (2), 276 –292. </li></ul><ul><li>Ife, J. (2001). Human rights and social work towars rights-based practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Lingard, B. (2007). Pedagogies of indifference. International journal of inclusive education 11 (3) 245-266. </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (2008). Melbourne Declaration on Educational goals for young Australians. </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland Education (2001). Queensland School Reform Longitudinal Study. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ministerial taskforce on Inclusive Education (2004). Students with disabilities. Queensland Government. </li></ul>

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