EED421 Education Studies: Inclusive Education (8)

This subject builds knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of inclusive education. This includes the theoretical, philosophical and applied underpinnings of the practice of inclusion, the current state of practice in the field and the design of inclusive pedagogy. Students will build their capacity to address learner diversity in their own classrooms employing an approach that focuses on learner need and context rather than label. The intent of the subject is to assist students to become self-organizing inclusive educators through the processes of research, design, reflection and collaboration.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Faculty of Arts and Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have briefly described the history of the development of inclusion as an educational philosophy/phenomenon
  • be able to describe how having a disability may impact on a student's access to and participation in education
  • have demonstrated a knowledge of the legislative underpinnings of inclusion, with particular reference to (although not limited to) the Australian context
  • be able to recognize and describe the characteristics of a successful inclusive learning environment
  • have built a personal position on inclusive education based upon research in the field and their professional beliefs and values
  • be able to demonstrate how the use of quality teaching, curriculum differentiation and curriculum based assessment intersect in practice
  • have designed and organized strategies and adaptations, including writing individual educational plans (IEPs) that can be implemented within classroom settings that promote learner access to the academic and broader life skills curriculum
  • develop an applied understanding of the theoretical and researchbased underpinnings of inclusive strategies and pedagogy as they relate to classroom practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The foundations of inclusive practice, including history and legislative underpinnings - The nature and needs of students in the inclusive classroom - Research supported strategies for promoting inclusive practice - Application of principles of inclusion to an actual case - Curriculum Differentiation, including the identification and selection of approaches to differentiate curriculum in inclusive settings and the writing of individual education plans (IEPs) - Adapting instruction including the design of instructional adaptations - Inclusive pedagogy, including explicit teaching, cognitive strategy training, peer assisted and cooperative learning, their design and theoretical underpinnings and application in academic and broader life skill domains.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.