Influencing pre-service teachers, skills and attitudes towards diversity. Is DOL the Answer?

Peach, Deborah & Butler-Mader, Carol (2006) Influencing pre-service teachers, skills and attitudes towards diversity. Is DOL the Answer? International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 5(6), pp. 105-113.

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Abstract: This paper reports on a preliminary investigation into the success of an undergraduate course, in helping preservice teachers at a regional university develop the skills and attitudes necessary to design inclusive learning environments that cater for, and celebrate, difference. The study is particularly relevant given recommendations by the Education Queensland Ministerial Taskforce (Queensland Government, 2004) that all pre-service teacher education programs must ensure that inclusive education is a pervasive theme. The paper starts by providing an overview of inclusive contexts and a rationale for inclusive education including critical elements. This leads into an overview of the undergraduate course EDED11400 Managing Diversity and discussion, based on feedback from the teaching team, on the capacity for the course to help pre-service teachers develop inclusive curriculum and pedagogical practices. The pedagogical framework Dimensions of Learning* is then discussed, with consideration given to whether this framework with its focus on critical thinking and habits of mind, might improve future learning outcomes in the course EDED11400 Managing Diversity. (*Dimensions of Learning is a pedagogical framework designed to teach thinking skills (Marzano et al., 1988). It explores five types of thinking represented in the framework by five dimensions of learning.)

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ID Code: 46845
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Inclusive Pedagogy, Pre-Service Teachers, Pedagogical Framework, Diversity, HERN
ISSN: 1447-9532
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Deborah Peach and Carol Butler-Mader
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2011 23:21
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 05:00

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