Diversity and Inclusion
Educating for diversity and inclusion
Education can reduce inequality and exclusion, or further embed it.
Inclusive education practices have a particularly strong impact on students from diverse backgrounds. Our research examines how systems, institutions, educators and communities recognise and respond to diversity through ethical, socially-just and evidence-informed practices.
Inclusive education is central to building a democratic and cohesive society.
Our research focuses on the experience of people from Indigenous, differently-abled, migrant, refugee and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our society has become superdiverse, and is made up of a complex mix of people from different cultures, beliefs, languages and identities.
We seek to understand the implications of this superdiversity for policy and our education systems, and to support educational reform.
Our work is designed to empower teachers, school leaders and policy makers to tackle disadvantage, identify areas that require reform and to create conditions for life-long learning.
Strength-based approach with refugees
Research typically looks at gaps for students from refugee backgrounds. Instead we asked: What helps them succeed? Safe spaces, strong relationships and time to play are key factors. Our work gives schools new evidence to design programs.
Current funded projects
- M-cubed: Money, meaning and maths for learners with cognitive disability
- Elite independent schools in globalising circumstances: a multi-sited global Ethnography
- Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Education (Pacific INDIE) project
- Numeracy@Home: Enhancing the capacity of parents to support the learning of their children
- Vocational institutions, undergraduate degrees: distinction or inequality
- The internationalization of Australian Independent Schools: The influence of Confucian Heritage Culture on Pedagogy