In the past educational materials and educational settings assumed (often unconsciously) that a “learner” could be defined in a narrow, one-dimensional way. In reality learners have always come from wide range of backgrounds and cultures but they may have found that educational materials and settings assumed a narrow “profile” and that they had to make their own individual additional efforts to access materials and settings. The impact of this situation was inequality.
With increased recognition of this inequality and legislation to combat it, there are now more specific responsibilities to be met by educators and educational settings in order to ensure that learners are not assumed to be one-dimensional. Specifically, educators and educational settings need to demonstrate recognition that their learner population is diverse in terms of gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and religion/faith/belief. This recognition needs to be demonstrated through:
- adjustments to the physical environment and learning technologies available
- the content of the educational materials themselves
- the attitudes and values of educators towards learners
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