Unit 009 Understanding inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning
My aim in this unit is to look at inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning and explore it in the context of teaching Information Technology. I will analyse and evaluate aspects, strategies and approaches to inclusive learning. I will explain how areas like resources, functional skills, feedback and assessment opportunities can help learners achieve their goals and beyond. Also, I will show how important the learning environment is towards motivating learners and promoting respect for others.
Inclusion is ensuring that all learners feel part of the learning process and can participate and contribute in order to get the best opportunity to
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For example, teachers can find out the learning styles of the learners through VAK learning style self assessment questionnaire. The three learning styles are visual, aural and kinaesthetic. It recognises that some people learn through words, some by looking at things and others by doing it. While most learners may fit into one of these styles there may be others who might be a mixture of all or some of them. All subjects will have a combination of knowledge and theory and skills and some learners may struggle with the “lecture” part of the session. This knowledge can be helpful in planning as it would allow teachers to incorporate short learning activities at the certain intervals to break up the session. These can greatly help teachers to plan how to carry out learning by using different types of resources or changing the style of teaching throughout the session to increase the chances that all learners learn something from the session. Different learning styles bring to the forefront the issue of participation which cannot happen if learners don’t interact with each other which has to done within the classroom environment. According to Francis and Gould (2009:16) “the teacher creates the optimum environment in which people learn”. They go on to suggest that the “teaching environment” has three aspects which are physical, social and learning. Our focus is on the physical and social environments in relation to people interacting in the various