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Inclusive pedagogy in Australian universities: a review of current policies and professional development activities

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posted on 2024-06-17, 17:44 authored by Danielle HitchDanielle Hitch, Susie MacfarlaneSusie Macfarlane, C Nihill
This article reports on activities undertaken by Australian universities to support academic staff to provide inclusive teaching. The findings of two lines of inquiry are reported - a desktop audit of the presence of inclusive teaching or universal design for learning (UDL) in publically available policies and procedures documents, and a survey of the methods adopted to build staff capacity to provide inclusive teaching and learning. Just over a third (34.21%) of Australian universities referred to inclusive teaching or UDL in their policies and procedures. A wide range of current practices in professional development for inclusive teaching was reported, with the most frequent being one-off workshops focussing on accommodating specific groups of students. Improved institutional support through policies, procedures and professional development would enable Australian higher education teachers to provide quality inclusive teaching to all students.

History

Journal

International journal of the first year in higher education

Volume

6

Pagination

135-145

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

Open access

  • Yes

eISSN

1838-2959

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, The Authors

Issue

1

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology