Developing an inclusive curriculum for all our students

Developing an inclusive curriculum for all our students

“Higher Education Institutions are being tasked through the widening participation agenda, international recruitment and through equality and anti-discrimination legislation to target the areas of age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation in the development and delivery of higher education” Waterfield and West (2008: 1)

This interactive session argues the need for equity considerations to be mainstreamed across the functions of institutions. It explores the nature of an inclusive curriculum and the ways in which different universities are addressing the issue. The presentation goes on to use evidence from a number of studies of the learning experiences of disabled students, in which the presenter has been involved, to argue that we should make reasonable adjustments available for all students. Discussion will also take place on effective ways to help domestic students interact with international students. It is suggested that, if we want to achieve equality of opportunity for all students, instead of classifying people by their age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation, we would do better to focus instead on their individual learning needs and entitlements.

Comments

“Inspirational”
“Stimulating, constructive discussion / activity which will inform my practice”
“I liked the verbatim responses from the students. This gives voice to their problems more than numbers often can. I also liked the emphasis on a universal approach to improving education for all students, not just those with identified disabilities.”
“Incredibly helpful”
“Very entertaining and thought provoking”
“Enjoyed the interactivity”
“Particularly good opportunity to find out where lots of other resources/summaries can be accessed”
“Enjoyable, informative and useful”
“The video clips are very effective and impressive, and the illustrations and cartoon pictures are vivid indeed”
“The emphasis on student differences offers a different view point to do things in a different way”
“Really interesting and helpful. Generated ideas/approaches particularly related to inclusive curriculum and the idea of curriculum infusion.”
“Thank you for the excellent workshop, delivered effectively and with such enthusiasm. I found it informative and encouraged me to reflect on my own practice.”
“It made me think. Not all students will make disabilities aware and therefore it is important to be prepared for all circumstances.”