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Every learner is unique. This course will support student teachers to increase their understanding of the variety of unique characteristics that learners bring with them into school and learning settings while also providing them with frameworks for understanding each learner as a whole person. Intercultural understandings will be addressed by challenging ideas of normality; inclusiveness will be addressed through an abilities-based approach and tangata whenuatanga; and behaviour will be viewed as a medium of communication. From a practice perspective, the course will focus on what teachers can do to change and adapt their practices to meet the needs of every learner.
*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.
On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Evaluate their understanding of the complexity of inclusion in the wider social and historical contexts of learning2. Critically examine how deficit views of students and personal unconscious bias correlate to low expectations and student under-achievement3. Illustrate how to adapt their practice to support and uplift every learner through culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies and appraise the effectiveness of these adaptations4. Defend the teacher’s responsibility to support every student as a core element of the code of professional responsibility, tikanga, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi5. Trouble and problemetize notions of normality through critical reflection and by drawing on socio-cultural theory
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final passing grade for this course. Final grades will be determined at an examiners meeting and reported using the UC common grading system.
There are no required textbooks for this course, although texts for some of the other courses in this programme will be relevant. RECOMMENDED READINGSIMPORTANT: Further readings required to support specific kaupapa/modules will be provided for each lecture on Learn.Inclusive educationCarrington, S. & MacArthur, J. (2012). Teaching in inclusive school communities. John Wiley.Culturally Responsive PracticeWall, G. (2018). Kua takoto te mānuka: Growing culturally responsive practice in Innovative Learning Environments. Grow Waitaha.Supporting English Language LearnersGibbons, P. (2015). Scaffolding language, scaffolding learning: Teaching English language learners in the mainstream classroom (2nd ed.). Heinemann.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities, such as oral, Zoom sessions, Adobe connect sessions and any other requirements specified by the course coordinator, in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course.Full attendance and participation in Treaty of Waitangi workshops is a compulsory course requirements.Students are expected to notify lecturers in writing (e.g. email message) prior to their absence, with an explanation. For extended absences (3 or more days), students should apply to the course coordinator. Extended absences must be accompanied by supporting evidence, e.g. medical certificate.
Domestic fee $995.00
International fee $4,250.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Teacher Education