Principles to support inclusive teaching practice
Meeting the potential of every learner, within a ‘diversity of learners’.
Six principles have been developed as a result of extensive research and investigation around pedagogy and approaches that support inclusive teaching environments.
In particular, the work of Griffiths (2010) and Hockings (2010) in the UK and Devlin et al (2012) in the Australian context have been instrumental in the development of the principles, together with work carried out by the RMIT Inclusive Teaching Practices Working Party and the Inclusive Teaching and Assessment Practices Project.
The six principles to support an inclusive teaching practice are:
Six principles to support inclusive teaching.
- Design intentional curriculum
- Offer flexible assessment and delivery
- Build a community of learners
- Teach explicitly
- Develop a feedback-rich environment
- Practise reflectively
For educators, the principles can be used:
- As a guide when designing your practice to ensure it is inclusive.
- As a tool to reflect on and refine your teaching.
- Devlin, M 2010. Non-traditional university student achievement: Theory, policy and practice in Australia. Keynote address 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 27-30 June 2010
- Devlin, M. 2011. Bridging sociocultural incongruity: Conceptualising the success of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian higher education. Studies in Higher Education
- Devlin, M. and McKay, J. 2011 Inclusive teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: A brief discussion paper. Higher Education Research Group, Deakin University, Australia
- Devlin, M. Kift, S. Nelson, K. Smith, L, Mckay, J: Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: Resources for Australian higher education. Final Report 2010
- Griffiths, S. 2010 Teaching for Inclusion in Higher Education: A guide to practice. Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom and All Ireland Society for Higher Education
- Hockings, C.2010. Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education: A synthesis of research. Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom