Professional reflections

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Assessment objective

Write a professional reflection on the topic of Inclusion in Education that considers the ways in which students from diverse backgrounds can be excluded in education.


AssessmentBegin by reflecting on an experience in your life when you felt ‘different’ (age, gender, race, class, sexuality, appearance etc).

Use the following questions to guide your reflection:

  • How did you feel?
  • What did you learn from this experience?
  • How does this experience affect how you relate to individuals or groups who are ‘othered’?
  • Explore how western schooling can work to discriminate against students from diverse backgrounds by providing two examples.
  • Analyse and critique media articles and songs i.e. ‘We are Australian’, ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ etc and identify the historical, political, cultural and social discourses that covertly display levels of misrepresentation.
  • Reflect how inclusion and exclusion can be mitigated by:
    • incorporating a teaching approach encompassing multiple worldviews
    • teaching for diversity
    • augmenting and building on cultures and funds of knowledge
    • involving family and community as partners, and
    • relating curriculum to local community and local learning environment utilising local sites.