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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week...
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English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Be able to understand disability as an issue of social justice

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    Describe educator support needs with regards to disability inclusion

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    Identify the systemic support structures available to teachers within the education system

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    Understand the impairment specific support needs of learners with disabilities

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Inclusive education and special education: Equality and equity

This week, we consider what disability inclusion means by exploring different models of disability as well as disability rights and policies. Drawing from the history of special and inclusive education we look at how mainstream schools can move towards becoming inclusive schools and how special education can fit into an inclusive education framework. At the end of this week, there is a graded quiz, where you can check your understanding of the key concepts. Every week, you are invited to reflect on the topics in the discussions where you can talk with others about what this means for your practice as an educator....
Reading
8 videos (Total 50 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Introduction to the course3m
Introduction to week 11m
Social model of disability and disability rights10m
Inclusive education and special education11m
What is inclusive education?7m
Implementing inclusive framework9m
Wrap up1m
Reading5 readings
Meet the course team10m
Who our collaborators are2m
How the course works5m
Podcast: How does special education fit into an inclusive education system?10m
Resources5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Ways of thinking about disability10m
Inclusive education10m
Week 1: Inclusive education and special education45m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Supporting disability inclusion

This week focuses on teacher empowerment and what teachers need to know to better support learners with disabilities. We begin by sharing with you what the Teacher Empowerment for Disability Inclusion (TEDI) project's research findings revealed about teachers’ educational needs. This week we hear powerful personal testimonies of individuals living with disabilities about their schooling which highlights the importance of the empowered teacher in their lives when they were learners. At the end of this week, there is a graded peer review and opportunity for reflection through discussion....
Reading
8 videos (Total 51 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Teacher empowerment5m
TEDI research methods6m
Research: Teacher educational needs5m
Supporting learners who are blind or have low vision11m
Supporting D/deaf and hard of hearing learners8m
Families of people with Intellectual Disabilities10m
Week wrap up1m
Reading5 readings
TEDI research report10m
Additional videos of personal experiences10m
Podcast: Disability confidence10m
Disability confidence resources5m
Resources10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Systemic support for educators

This week focuses on the systemic support structures that are available to teachers and educators in order to support learners with impairments. A former teacher and two district officers share their experiences of support structures and the roles they had to shape and implement policies within the spaces they found themselves in. We will also explore some insights from the TEDI research project on how teachers feel they are supported. At the end of the week, there is a graded quiz and optional Honours Peer Review assignment where you can explore these topics further....
Reading
9 videos (Total 62 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video9 videos
Education support systems and supporting teacher empowerment for disability inclusion5m
How systems of support work9m
How do teachers feel they are supported, or not supported?8m
School and district based support systems10m
Effective support11m
Informal support5m
Family-professional partnerships6m
Wrap up1m
Reading2 readings
Podcast: Policy approach to support systems10m
Resources10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Education and support systems10m
Informal support systems for educators10m
Week 3: Systemic support for teachers0
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Principles and approaches for disability inclusion

This week discusses how to make the curriculum accessible for all - particularly focusing on those with severe to profound disabilities. This includes understanding some of the causes of specific impairments (hearing, visual and intellectual) and their impacts on learning. We also have the pleasure of learning from experts who outline which principles and approaches can be adopted to best support learners with these specific impairments. At the end of the week, there is a graded quiz where you can test your knowledge of what you have learnt, and through a discussion reflect on your own teaching practices. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video10 videos
Accessible curriculum7m
Learner support needs6m
Types of visual impairment6m
Expanded core curriculum13m
Effects of severe to profound hearing loss12m
Education for learners who are D/deaf or hard of hearing7m
What is intellectual disability?10m
Education for children with severe to profound intellectual disability7m
Wrap upm
Reading1 reading
Resources10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Specific impairments - Low vision and blindness10m
Specific impairments - D/deaf and hard of hearing10m
Specific impairments - Severe to profound intellectual disability10m
Week 4: Curriculum accessibility and learner needs0

Instructor

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Judith McKenzie

Associate Professor
Disability Studies Division

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee....

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