Most classrooms contain children from a variety of backgrounds, where home culture, religious beliefs and the family's economic situation all impact on achievement. This needs to be recognized by teachers in order to establish fair, respectful, trusting and constructive relationships with children and their families, which will allow every child to reach their full potential.
This book looks at real issues that affect teachers in the classroom, and examines a variety of influences affecting child development. It provides you with the theoretical and practical information you need to ensure you understand the complex factors which affect the children in your care, and it encourages good, thoughtful teaching. Dealing with some of the less widely addressed aspects of diversity and inclusion, the book considers:
Children who are asylum seekers; The notion of ‘pupil voice’; What diversity and equality mean in practice; Gender and achievement; Looked-after children; Social class; Disability; Ethnicity and whiteness
This book is essential reading for any education student looking at diversity and inclusion, and for teachers in role looking for advice on how to meet the professional standards.
Chapter 2: Identity
Identity and Diversity
Diversity is about similarities and differences (Roosevelt, 2005). Britain is a society comprised of many cultures, values, attitudes and beliefs. It is also a society that acknowledges that such diversity can engender discrimination. Until recently there has been a notion that diversity, particularly in terms of differences in values, attitudes and beliefs between different groups in society, needs to be somehow reconciled into one set of beliefs and understandings for discrimination to stop. As part of the journey towards eradicating discrimination, be that racist discrimination or discrimination ...