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The Learning Conference 2003

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Identifying Learner Diversity within a Context of Culture: Promoting Inclusive Practice in Canada's North

David F. Philpott, Wayne C. Nesbit.


This paper discusses an ongoing project of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University in Newfoundland that partners with the Innu of Labrador and the Innuit of Nunavut. The researchers are engaged in developing a model for identifying learner diversity within a context of culture that will strengthen inclusive practices. Discussion will include: web-based professional development and the inherent challenges in delivering such to remote and unique regions; culturally appropriate assessment processes, improving educational programming, the role of community elders, language retention, social need, cultural values, quantitative and qualitative assessment measures, authentic assessment that facilitates clinical teaching, and a culturally based philosophy of inclusion.

Presenters

David F. Philpott  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education
Memorial University

Philpott and Nesbit are faculty members in special education at Memorial University, both having enjoyed diverse backgrounds in education and teacher training. Currently they are active in issues of inclusion in Canada’s north.


Wayne C. Nesbit  (Canada)

Faculty of Education
Memorial University

Philpott and Nesbit are faculty members in special education at Memorial University, both having enjoyed diverse backgrounds in education and teacher training. Currently they are active in issues of inclusion in Canada’s north.

Keywords
  • Inclusion
  • Culture
  • Assessment
  • Learner Diversity
  • Innu
  • Innuit



(30 min Conference Paper, English)