Opening Eyes onto Inclusion and Diversity
Susan Carter, Toowoomba, Australia
Lindy Abawi, Toowoomba, Australia
Jill Lawrence, Toowoomba, Australia
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN 13: 9780648769804
Publisher: University of Southern Queensland
Conditions of Use
The book reaches into all corners of diversity, not just cultural or physical. The reader is reminded that there are many diversities among us and that the educational environment often accentuates differences rather than homogenizes them. read more
The book reaches into all corners of diversity, not just cultural or physical. The reader is reminded that there are many diversities among us and that the educational environment often accentuates differences rather than homogenizes them.
I believe the book is factual and error free. Some parts were like reading the opposite version of Max News, so there was some bias and agenda seeking.
The content is very up to date; but allows for the history of how school systems have dealt with diversity, what worked, what didn't and what they should do now.
The book is a quick read with little jargon. Any educator should be able to read this book with ease.
New terminology is introduced and explained. The book tries to keep current, yet uses language that the reader already knew as well.
Each chapter of the book could be used as a module. It would be able to pair this material with other books so that students had the opportunity to see that diverse authors agree on the topic.
The text is organized.
I'm a novice and did not have any problems.
I edit dissertations daily; so grammatical errors typically jump at me. I did not see any.
The text is sensitive and addresses sensitive issues in a manner that the reader can use to foster conversations.
The book states that it is our moral obligation to be inclusive and accepting of diversity. I think many moral people don't even realize how offensive they are. This point was well made.
Although the text explores a wide variety of concepts related to inclusion and diversity, it seems to not be exhaustive. It does, however, provide an effective index. read more
Although the text explores a wide variety of concepts related to inclusion and diversity, it seems to not be exhaustive. It does, however, provide an effective index.
The content seems to be trying to stay unbiased, but this text includes topics that are difficult to keep the authors' bias from coming through in each area.
The content in this text is up-to-date, yet less conservative than other texts available. It seems that the text will not be obsolete within a short period of time because it is more cutting-edge content and views at the current moment. It should be relatively easy and straightforward to add updates as appropriate.
At first, I was unsure about the appropriateness of the terminology used. However, as each of these situations occurred within the text, I found the authors addressing these issues/terminology/jargon used immediately following and providing a different view to promote further in-depth thinking. (For example, when referring to individuals with autism. At first, the author did not seem to be using person-first language. However, it was addressed immediately and addressed another way of thinking that made me reconsider my first judgement.)
This text is fairly consistent.
The text is easily broken down within each chapter to create user-friendly and course-friendly opportunities.
The variety of authors does make it seem to not flow as clearly from chapter to chapter. The relevance of each chapter's location included does not seem to flow smoothly and seems to feel independent of the surrounding chapters.
The interface of this text is excellent. I did not experience any problems with navigation, images, links, or other features.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
As stated earlier, this is pretty contemporary and less conservative in overall views of many areas, so I believe it is not culturally insensitive or offensive; however, it may depend of the views and background of the individual reading the text.
Not at this time.
Table of Contents
- Introducing the key ideas
- Differing childhoods: Transgressing boundaries through thinking differently
- Celebrating diversity: Focusing on inclusion
- Opening eyes onto diversity and inclusion in early childhood education
- Fostering first year nurses’ inclusive practice: A key building black for patient centred care
- Positioning ourselves in multicultural education: Opening our eyes to culture
- Creating an inclusive school for refugees and students with English as a second language or dialect
- Opening eyes to vision impairment: Inclusion is just another way of seeing
- Setting the scene: The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives in education (the danger of the single story)
About the Book
Susan Carter; Professor Lindy-Anne Abawi; Professor Jill Lawrence; Associate Professor Charlotte Brownlow; Renee Desmarchelier; Melissa Fanshawe; Kathryn Gilbey; Michelle Turner; and Jillian Guy
About the Contributors
Susan Carter, Lecturer Education BELA – SoLASE
Lindy Abawi, Co-Head of School of Education, Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts (BELA)
Jill Lawrence, Head of School of Humanities and Communication, Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts (BELA)