Raising awareness and understanding of superdiversity in the classroom [chapter]

Nicholas Gamble, David Bright, Ruth Fielding
2021 Building Better Schools with Evidence-based Policy  
How to use this policy Schools in most jurisdictions are required to adhere to a range of policies that promote inclusion and preclude discrimination. These policies usually focus on areas such as disability, cognitive skills, gender/sexuality, culture/race, religious affiliation, and protections for vulnerable populations. These legislative requirements are important for protecting children and families in school contexts. However, the next in step in building inclusive schools is to build an
more » ... ols is to build an understanding of the importance of superdiversity in the classroom. Superdiversity is a relatively new idea that describes the changes in patterns of diversity that have recently taken place in many contemporary societies. These changes mean that many schools now have a level of diversity in the student body never seen before. Superdiversity, requires considering the vast array of individual differences that make up each student and how aspects of their diversity interact with each other. It also focuses on how patterns of diversity may evolve from demographic changes in the families that the school serves, government policies, and school policies. This field is in its infancy, and there is not yet a firm empirical basis for tools and practices that comprehensively encompass superdiversity in a school setting. However, this policy aims to set out the core practices that schools can implement to begin to meet the challenges and opportunities that exist in superdiverse classrooms. [To adapt and use this policy delete or modify the text as indicated]
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