The Diversity in the University: Students’ Ideas on Disability Issues

By Evangelia Tressou, Soula Mitakidou and Panagiota Karagianni.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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University policies reflect normative views of diversity. This paper examines the views of student teachers of a particular Education Department which, from its establishment, has promoted discussion on diversity issues and has included in its curriculum classes that deal with all forms of diversity. The study discusses the views of student teachers who identify themselves as members of diverse groups or members of the mainstream. Student teachers from both groups were asked to complete a questionnaire that aimed at exploring their way of constructing the meaning of diversity. The paper presents the students’ responses to two of the questionnaire questions, i.e., their definition of diversity and their suggestions for improving the Department’s inclusive profile. The student teachers’ views provide an insight of the possible discrepancy between the Department’s philosophy and their perceptions of it and allows for reflection that could lead to better practice.

Keywords: Disability, Diversity, University, Students

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.259-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 548.187KB).

Prof. Evangelia Tressou

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Soula Mitakidou

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Panagiota Karagianni

Lecturer, Department of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece


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