PDT106 - Diversity in the Classroom

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Subject Title
Diversity in the Classroom

Subject Description
This module introduces the participant to the process of facilitating learning in a diverse learning community. This module examines the impact of diversity on the teaching/learning process and on learning experience, exploring innovative approaches to teaching in a diverse classroom. Participants experience and practice behaviours which facilitates and support teaching and learning in a multi-faceted learning environment.

Credit Status
This subject is a credit towards the Excellence in Educating Adults Recognition of Achievement program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify different forms of diversity and assess the impact these have on classroom learning.

2. Use appropriate tools to identify bias in learning resources, teaching and facilitating styles, and classroom behaviour.

3. Demonstrate a variety of strategies to enhance learning in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

4. Using Seneca College's policies on diversity as an example, describe and discuss these policies and faculty expectations while teaching in a diverse environment.

5. Identify resources inside and outside an institution or business which guide and support learners requiring special assistance.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

1.  Diversity

  • The Profile of the Learner
  • The Legal Framework/Mission and Value Statement
  • Impact on Teaching and Learning
  • The Challenge for Teachers and Learners
2.  Communication/Conflict Resolution

3.  The Resources for Teachers and Learners

4.  Identifying Bias in Learning Resources, Teaching Styles, and Classroom

Mode of Instruction

1.  A six hour workshop.
2.  Discussions, group discussions, and skills application.
3.  Assigned readings.
4.  A written post-module assignment.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

The assignment is to be completed within 2 weeks following the module.  Details to be provided in class.

Approved by: Sandra Noble