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EXC440 - Teaching for Diversity

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Enrolment modes:(B)
Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 2
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For students enrolled in D344 from 2005; D351 from 2007 and currently enrolled D347 students only.

Unit chair:C Charles


This unit extends knowledge of the individual learner, introduced in Education Studies units, in particular, 'Understanding the Learner'. Teaching for diversity is a professional imperative and the responsibility of all teachers. The aim of this unit is to ensure that teacher education students develop understandings of and expertise in working with diverse student cohorts. It will develop their competency in designing appropriate pedagogies and curricula that attend to difference and will familiarise students with current policy initiatives and frameworks. Specifically, the unit develops students’ understandings of:

  • the complex and multiple ways in which cultural, class and gender differences are enacted in the secondary classroom
  • the broad role and ethical responsibilities that educators have to teach for diversity
  • how curriculum, pedagogies and assessment tasks can address the differences among groups of students productively
  • how to develop teaching practices, adapt curricula and design assessment strategies that address the needs of all learners, with special attention to catering for mixed ability classes
  • how to use this knowledge to critique current educational policies and frameworks that shape education for diverse student groups.


There are two assessment tasks for this unit, task 1 is worth 40% the second task consists of two parts which total 60% of the mark.


Task 1 - A research report that focuses on a selected area/category of 'difference' and makes links between current theories with regard to individual student learning and classroom practice - 1,800 words (40%)


Task 2A - Team Teaching Activity - a thirty minute presentation in groups of 3-5 based on addressing issues of diversity in a school/classroom – 1000 word equivalent (30%);


Task 2B - An individually written critical assessment of, and reflection on the group activity process and evaluation of consequential learning outcomes – 1,200 words (30%)

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