Unit description

Investigates issues of inclusion, equity and diversity in the Australian education system with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage, rural and remote students, and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.  Critically reviews relevant legislation and education policy frameworks for promoting access, participation and success for learners from diverse backgrounds.  Promotes understanding and efficacy around creating culturally safe learning environments, and around teaching, learning, and assessment strategies that promote high expectations for all learners.   Evaluates emerging research, notions of leadership, and ongoing professional learning in relation to inclusive teaching practices.

Unit content

The following topics will be explored with particular reference to Aboriginal students, students from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage; rural and remote students; and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

  1. The influences of culture, language, identity and history on students’ learning and behaviour in educational settings
  2. Access and equity in the Australian education system: the politics; the data; and the research
  3. Legislation and education policies to improve access and equity in the Australian education system
  4. Reflecting on self – cultural awareness and cultural competence
  5. Inclusive teaching – designing curriculum elements, resources, assessments, and teaching and learning strategies for creating an inclusive classroom
  6. Creating culturally safe learning environments
  7. Teacher support  within school and community – where to find it and how to use it
  8. Identifying opportunities for leadership and for creative and professional approaches to promoting inclusive teaching


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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