The teacher and student diversity: problems, challenges and opportunities

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

ERA Journal ID20579
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorFields, Barry A.
Journal TitleCurriculum Perspectives
Journal Citation19 (3), pp. 41-51
Number of Pages11
Year1999
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISSN0159-7868
Abstract

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.

Keywordseducational alternatives; student characteristics; instructional design; cultural differences; individual differences; teacher role; teacher response
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
520102. Educational psychology
470210. Globalisation and culture
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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