The teacher and student diversity: problems, challenges and opportunities

Fields, Barry A. (1999) The teacher and student diversity: problems, challenges and opportunities. Curriculum Perspectives, 19 (3). pp. 41-51. ISSN 0159-7868

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This paper explores the issues of student diversity as it relates to the difficulties and challenges it poses to the design and delivery of instruction. It also looks at the educational movements which advocate the benefits of diversity in both a broad social sense, and specifically in reference to its impact on the education system and teachers in particular. Throughout the discussion 'student diversity' is used to refer to both the behavioural and psychological characteristics which contribute to individual uniqueness, and to the myriad of social and cultural differences which exist in the community at large and which are also reflected in the school population. It concludes with a discussion of the impediments which exist to inhibit the capacity of teachers to respond appropriately and effectively to student diversity and diverse student needs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational alternatives; student characteristics; instructional design; cultural differences; individual differences; teacher role; teacher response
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470210 Globalisation and culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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