EDF5656 - Practising inclusion - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Penny Round


Kate De Bruin

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (Flexible)


This unit addresses the inclusion of learners with diversities (e.g. sexual orientation, ethnicity, behavioural manifestations or disability) and how they are often excluded from participation in learning and social activities, from pre-school to tertiary education and in workplaces. A key focus of this unit is on the education of learners with disabilities. This unit addresses the reasons that such learners are excluded and identifies what can be done to enhance their participation in different contexts. This includes how we undertake authentic assessment so that everyone is included across different learning and social contexts. It also focuses on evidence-based strategies which could be applied to ensure that everyone is fully included in educational, social and physical activities.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify reasons some members of the society are excluded from teaching and learning
  2. assess learners and their learning environment
  3. use evidence-based strategies to enhance participation of excluded learners (including learners with behavioural issues and autism spectrum disorders)
  4. acquire skills to work with key stakeholders (e.g. parents and paraprofessionals)
  5. design and implement effective educational plans to deepen inclusive teaching and learning practices.


Assessment protocol (4000 words equivalent, 50%)

Inclusion plan or literature review (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Required for Master of Education in:

Inclusive and special education

Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education