Faculty of Education

Inclusive Education


Inclusive education is a commitment to excellence and equity in education with an appreciation of student diversity. It is about addressing barriers to learning and improving the engagement, achievement, and wellbeing of all students. A key focus in the history and development of inclusive education has been on students with disability accessing and participating in education on the same basis as and in the context of their same-aged peers.

Key Research Areas

  • Pre-service teacher preparation for inclusive education
  • Teacher's views on and capacity for inclusive education
  • Education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Education of students with dyslexia and learning difficulties
  • Inclusive mathematics and numeracy.

The research conducted a two part case study. The first part implemented an introductory vocational course that caused participants to critically reflect on their decisions to continue their education beyond Year 10 in Tasmania. The second part interviewed educators. The interviews explored Year 11 and 12 education participation disadvantage and what strategies address disadvantage. Identity and education are positioned as capital by the research. The intervention strategy was measured using a visual identity method.

Project Members:

Prof Kim Beswick Ms Deborah Brewer Mr Vaughan Cruickshank Assoc Prof Ruth Fielding-Barnsley
Prof Ian Hay Dr Judith Hudson Dr Nadia Daniela Ollington Dr Scott Pedersen Dr Christopher Rayner
Dr Dorothy Walker