Human Differences

3 CREDITS    |    TERM 3

Human difference refers to characteristics and conditions that identify, distinguish and differentiate individuals based on social and cultural experiences, as well as naturally occurring physical and intellectual challenges and abilities. Perceptions and reactions to human differences influence interactions and relationships among groups and individuals. This is particularly true in contexts such as schools and classrooms. Policies and practices related to human differences have the potential to influence the quality of education received by individuals and groups.

Upon completion of this course, candidates will be prepared to:

  • Integrate an understanding of how one’s own beliefs interact with characteristics of classroom students.
  • Be well-informed about “typical” child characteristics and differences.
  • Participate in activities that explore higher- and lower-incidence learning differences.
  • Identify strategies to mediate the learning environment to acknowledge and address the diversity that students bring and inequity they face in the classroom.
  • Identify strategies to help classroom students learn to actively advocate for equity for self and peers to promote opportunity and access.
  • Compare and contrast traditional and authentic methods of assessment and the information they are able to gather from various types of assessments.
  • Gain an awareness of the range of racial, cultural, ability, language and social needs of students that need to be considered when planning pedagogy.
  • Think about the kinds of questions to be asked and considerations to be made when planning instruction that meets the learning needs of all children.
  • Demonstrate the use of academic language when describing the learning environment, characteristics of students, developing instructional plans, and communicating with colleagues and families.