When barriers are reduced, increased participation and achievement are the result. Read this informative article about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by Karen Pedersen-Bayus.
Jackson Vickers's insight:
An absolutely fantastic article about how inclusive learning can be used to help teachers interact with and guide students of all backgrounds, learning styles and disabilities. This is a perfect example of how our lecturer wants us to apply the knowledge we gained in Learning Diversity and apply it to our futures. Inclusive learning is about accepting and including all aspects of a student's needs to give them every opportunity for a full education. For example, just because a student cannot effectively memorize an entire informative essay about how Shakespeare's work changed theater does not mean they cannot be taught the necessary information to both appreciate what Shakespeare did, whilst also educating them in a way that can support them in their future. Finding a way to communicate and educate someone so they have equal opportunity to succeed is the primary concept of inclusive learning, and is also what Learning Diversity is all about.
This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benj...
Jackson Vickers's insight:
This video was first made available to us online by our lecturer . A great lecture that is clearly explained through the use of animation, it discuss exactly what modern day teaching is about - a new philosophy of teaching that is throwing out the old system first developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, and instead focusing on developing a new way of teaching that is based on modern day life. This new method is all about the way we instinctively interact and share information with each other, something that used to be considered "cheating" in school. In Learning Diversity, we discussed how we all learn differently, and how the old system used to test everyone in the same way, thus restricting and even neglecting many individuals. We also discussed how our new teaching methods are geared towards an inclusive learning style, one that encourages different learning styles, patterns and situations, so that all students can learn in ways that best suit them, without discriminating against them or being unjust .
http://www.ihc.org.nz IHC commissioned research into inclusive education because much has been written on the subject, but the pieces of the puzzle had not b...
Jackson Vickers's insight:
A relatively old video, but still an extremely positive one! It shows how important and effective inclusive learning can be by showcasing what happens when disabled children are integrated into regular classrooms. By using the inclusive learning teaching method, we do not have to separate children with special needs from others, although we still must be mindful of their condition and what changes need to be made so they are given equal opportunities to learn. However, this video reminds us that although we are teachers, and a huge priority for us is to educate children and other students, we also have to remember that school is one of the most significant social environments in a persons life. By removing those with special needs from interacting in a standard, school setting, we are not only reducing their education in terms of information, but we are also simply reducing an important social component in their development. We also must examine how this interaction can positively affect those without any special needs, as it not only gives them a wider variety of learning styles, but also teaches them how to interact with those with different needs to them, an life lesson that has become incredibly important with the new, highly socialized world.
A great video about how distributive justice, a key aspect studied in learning diversity, impacts the classroom and students. I found that distributive justice could be simply thought of as balancing our actions in the teaching methods we used: for example, if i was to focus on telling my students all the answers about a certain subject and simply lecturing them, I would be denying and decreasing their ability to investigate and stay actively engaged. The positive to this method is that the students would be given plenty of information and resources that if absorbed could be very useful at a later date. A more measurable example would be measuring the pros and cons and finding the balance of classroom learning versus an excursion based, engaged lesson. Both have their pros, and both definitely have their negatives, and measuring and weighing these using distributive justice is a key component in creating an effective learning environment.
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