Synopses & Reviews
Diversity and Inclusion in Australian Schools is desigend for undergraduate students and presents a clear, socially-oriented approach to understanding and developing inclusion in education. The text conveys positive dimensions to promoting the implementation of inclusive education policy in practice, while at the same time focusing on those areas that are currently providing challenges to many teachers in inclusive learning environments. Its many practical examples and suggested classroom activities are balanced with relevant evidence-based information to assist students with their understanding of the issues about diverse abilities as they relate to inclusion in the classroom and associated school and community activities.
About the Author
is Professor Emeritus and Academic Director of the International Projects Group in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He has been a teacher in Special Schools, school principal, university professor, researcher and, academic manager in universities for over 40 years. He has also authored many journal manuscripts, books, book chapters and conducted large research projects in several countries and is recognized for his work on inclusion and on the field of deafness studies.
Dr. Lorelei Carpenter is Senior Lecturer and Chair of Learning and Teaching Working Group at the School of Education and Professional Studies in Griffith University. She has worked in the area of Inclusive Education, Special Needs Education and Personal Counselling for more than twenty years. Lorelei's primary interest is in exploring how society defines and treats people of difference.
Robert Conway is the Dean of the School of Education at Flinders University. His background is as a teacher in both regular and special education, and his key research and teaching interests lie in the area of students with emotional and behaviour problems in both mainstream and specialist settings and in inclusion of students with special needs. He works closely with school systems in supporting students with behaviour problems, has worked both nationally and internationally on a wide range of research and consultancy projects, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences.
Table of Contents
Part One: Setting the Scene
1. Understanding diversity and inclusion
2. Schools, Policies and Legislation
Part Two: Embracing Diversity
3. Linguistic and cultural diversity
4. Indigenous perspectives and cultural identity
5. Gender and diversity in the classroom
Part Three: Supporting Diverse Learning Needs in the Classroom
6. Addressing Learning Difficulties
7. Supporting Behaviour Change
8. Meeting communication and language needs
9. Teaching students with intellectual disabilities
10. Understanding Sensory Impairment
11. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
12. Special Learning Needs: Teaching the gifted and learning disabled
Part Four: Creating Diverse and Inclusive Schools
13. Creating inclusive schools
14. Doing things differently now
15. Looking forward