Critically reflect and write about your understandings and answer the following question:
What can be learned from history, policy and contemporary practices that can guide educators to ensure that all children and families are invited to fully participate in educational settings and the wider Australian society?
In addressing this question, you should reflect on the following four key questions to guide your thinking:
- What do I understand about the historical developments of inclusive education in Australia?
- What do I understand about the policy documentation that underpins educational practice?
- What do I understand about the impact of the historical developments and policy documentation on contemporary practice?
- Based on the understandings from questions 1–3, what do I believe educators should do to ensure that all children and families are invited to fully participate in educational settings and the wider Australian society?
Your reflective essay should be written in first person. The structure of your essay is flexible, but the following list offers a guide you may like to use:
- Introduction (approximately 200 words): Outline what your essay will cover.
- Body (approximately 1600 words): Address the key areas in the body of your essay, connecting these with a broad view of contemporary policies and practices.
- Conclusion (approximately 200 words): Present a summary of your response to the essay question.
- Reference list (not included in word count): List all references to the work and words of others correctly cited according to APA style.
Please investigate and summarise using sociocultural factors, theoretical perspectives and contemporary inclusion policies and practices within the essay.
Type of assignment: Essay