Course Title: Inclusive Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Inclusive Practices

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Berenice Nyland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7805

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

What is this course about?

This course is about children with diverse abilities and is based on a philosophy of inclusion. Designed for generalist pre-service teachers it is premised on principles of social justice, human and children’s rights and anti-discrimination. An inclusive educational setting provides for all the children in the community. Using a strengths focus, accepting the principle of partial participation and acknowledging that all children can learn, the course examines the potential of the regular setting to provide relevant and high quality learning experiences for all children. Variations in development, including giftedness are explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • Engage in on-going research and development 
  • Identify, synthesis and evaluate information 
  • Reflect about, link and apply theory to everyday life. Generate own theories based on experience and praxis 
  • Display ability to deliver curriculum that acknowledges different contexts, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds of families and communities.

Specific learning objectives include:
• To become familiar with government policy related to education, inclusion and children with disabilities
• To explore issues of children’s and families rights within the culture of education
• To examine common variations in development, including giftedness
• To apply general methods of observation, programming and planning to an inclusive context
• To be aware of the theoretical and philosophical approaches that impact upon educational practice and relationships within the education context
• To gain skills in adapting modalities of the education context to optimise learning opportunities.

Overview of Learning Activities

Distributed Learning System
TCHE 2128 Bachelor of Education students – Prescribed Text
Ashman, A. & Elkins, J. (2005). Educating children with diverse abilities (2nd edition). Sydney: Pearson Prentice Hall.

This course uses a combination of learning methods. These include:

• Lectures
• Tutorial discussions
• Readings
• Self directed research
• Practical experience
• Video materials
• Case studies
• Written work

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources include a prescribed text for this course.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment incorporates a case study investigation as well as an examining an issue related to inclusive practices.