Inclusive pedagogy: A transformative approach to individual differences

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Abstract

The 2014 SERA Lecture provides an overview of the concept of inclusive
pedagogy, a distinctive approach to classroom teaching offering an alternative
pedagogical approach that has the potential to reduce educational inequality by
enhancing learning opportunities for everyone. Inclusive pedagogy focuses on
improving the quality of mainstream education by reducing variability in practice. It was developed from studies that focused on understanding the expertise of teachers who are able to work with diverse student groups and achieve good academic attainment results for all students, including those who have been identified as having additional support needs. As an alternative approach, inclusive pedagogy offers a partial response to three interrelated problems of educational inequality: (1) those that are associated with organisational and pedagogical strategies based on bell curve distributions; (2) the identification of additional support needs; and (3) the disproportionate statistical representation of certain minority groups in special education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
JournalScottish Educational Review
Volume47
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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