Developing an understanding of professional practice is essential for anyone training to teach in the further education and skills sector. This go-to guide will give you a clear understanding of the major topics covered in the mandatory Wider Professional Practice and Development unit of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, and more broadly explores the value of professionalism to all aspects of further education. Key coverage includes:  • Understanding learners and attitudes to learning  • How to do action research  • Professional observation and development  • Making sense of education policy  • Teacher expectations  • Challenges to equality and diversity  • The inclusive curriculum These topics are discussed within a wider political and socio-economic context, and are supported by insightful case studies and activities. This is essential for anyone studying the Diploma in Education and Training, and recommended reading for related courses in the further education and skills sector.

Challenges to Equality and Diversity

Challenges to Equality and Diversity

Educational inequality will be examined using secondary research to explore some of the challenges in developing inclusive teaching and learning practice despite policy development in this area. Readers will be encouraged to reflect on aspects of their own inclusive practice in relation to Shulman’s (2004) notion of three apprenticeships (knowing, doing and believing) and the future development of their inclusive practice.

The purpose of this chapter is to further examine the complexity of equality and diversity taking into account issues such as radicalisation and social constructionism.

This chapter will cover the following:

  • Educational inequality
  • Inclusive practice
  • A critique of differentiation
  • Radicalisation
  • Social constructionism


Educational inequality is a persistent issue in education in the UK, the USA and other countries in Western Europe. ...

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