Diversities in Education is a challenging text that will help educators, teacher educators and trainee teachers to be more effective in teaching a range of diverse learners. It covers five major categories of difference: sex and gender; social class and socio-economic status; race, ethnicity and culture; beliefs and religion; and different abilities and asks the urgent questions all policy-makers, educators and students should consider:
- Why should we value diversity and human rights?
- How can inclusive education accommodate diversity?
- How do society’s aspirations for cohesion and harmony impact on people who are different?
- What meanings are given to differences, culturally and historically?
- Should educators seek to accentuate, eliminate, reduce or ignore differences?
By drawing attention to the latest research into the most effective educational policies and practices, this insightful book suggests strategies for meeting the challenges being posed in an era of superdiversity. It’s a crucial read for any training or practising educator who wants to address the issue of diversity, learn effective ways to reach all learners and create more inclusive and harmonious societies.
Table of Contents
1. Differences and Samenesses: An Introduction 2. Sex and Gender Differences 3. Social Class/Socio-economic Differences 4. Race/ Ethnicity/ Culture Differences 5. Religions / Beliefs Differences 6. Different Abilities 7. Conclusions
David Mitchell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and is an international consultant in inclusive education and evidence-based teaching. He is the author of What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education, 2nd edition (Routledge), which has been translated into several languages.
"I can’t wait to convey my admiration for this new book, which is in a class of its own. Congratulations is too weak to express my admiration for it. Many words come into mind: game-changer, paradigm shift; book of the year (I hope) but certainly over the last decade in the universe of discourse which includes human rights. It is also a triumph of critical and interdisciplinary scholarship, skill in identifying obstacles to progress but concluding each section with clear, practical suggestions for changes at different levels from governments to classroom management." - Peter Mittler, Emeritus Professor of Special Needs Education at the University of Manchester