Embracing Diversity through Open Doors: Using Social Competency Processes to Build Effective Teaching and Learning Communities

By Coral Cara.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In the 21st Century, working with diversity is a daily issue in educational settings. Educators need processes in place that allow their learning communities to positively harness diversity to promote learning. This paper describes the use of social competency tied to pedagogical practices that enhance the ethos and atmosphere conducive to effective teaching and learning; which in turn, builds effective strategies for educators to deal with the diverse learning communities that they teach. It is an appropriate process for use by all sectors, from pre-school to the tertiary sector, for all students and in all learning communities.

Keywords: Teaching and Learning, Pedagogy, Diversity, Social Competency, Empowering Learners, Inclusive Practice, Education, Schools, Teachers, Educators

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.143-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 914.447KB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer/Academic, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi-faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students.

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