Unit V: Major components of successful change toward Inclusion
5.2 Interpersonal skills
5.3 Positive attitudes
5.5 Success Stories, Financial Resources and Infrastructure.
Inclusive thinking benefits more than just programs, however. Communication also becomes more effective when inclusivity becomes an organizational value. That’s because strategic communications requires talking and listening; an outbound behavior and an inbound one.
The Three Principles of Inclusive Communication
Inclusion is not a checklist but a continuous exercise in empathy.
Do not approach inclusion (or specifically inclusive communication) as a checklist of experiences or accommodations to tick off a list. Instead, connect empathetically with your audience. Think about their experiences and how language and communication can impact the way they absorb your message. For example, consider the need for employees use a name other than what’s on their legal documents.
Communication is only one part of culture. Work with your community to build inclusive company culture, bottom up not top down.
Work with your community groups (for example employee resource groups) by empowering them and giving them a voice in your communications. They know their community better than anyone — ask for their experiences, listen and take them to heart. Consider a program that features their stories and experiences in official communication. This empowers them, gives them visibility and gives more authenticity to your communication.
Provide tools for inclusion and showcase role model behavior.
Leaders are role models, whether they want to be or not, whether they are good role models or not, they become role models as everyone looks up to them. They need your support including coaching and guidance to be experts in communication. They set the bar for the rest of the company so empowering them goes a long way for your organization.
And provide resources, like inclusive language guides, books and resources for everyone in your organization so people can build their own skills, awareness and grow. You have to meet people where they are and give them the tools to grow. Consider offering a library of books to borrow on topics of diversity and inclusion. Or try scheduling a podcast club (or discussion group) to encourage people to drive their own learning journey by listening to and discussing relevant podcasts. This empowers them to take ownership in creating an inclusive work environment.
1. Learn. Actively and continuously challenge yourself to widen your own views.
2. Recognize progress. Recognize and celebrate incremental progress you have made as you work towards improvements with your team and communication strategy.
3. Start a conversation. Ask for feedback from employees on how inclusive your communication actually is. Listen, believe their experiences and take the feedback to heart to make improvements.
5.2 Interpersonal skills
Interpersonal skills are the skills we use every
day when we communicate and interact with other people, both individually and
in groups. They include a wide range of skills, but particularly communication
skills such as listening and effective speaking. They also include the ability
to control and manage your emotions.
When it comes to ‘what makes a good teacher‘, this is considered to be the most important thing.
5.3 Positive attitudes
The real challenge of Inclusive Education
is to meet the special needs of all children with and without disabilities.
Inclusion is not a soft process. It requires lot of struggle and commitment to
overcome all types of barriers mainly attitudinal and social. Inclusive
Education can only flourish in a system, which generates inclusive ideology. So
people must change their negative attitudes towards inclusive education.
Indeed, practical problems could be encountered while including children with diverse educational needs. But often, the practical difficulties have more to do with attitudinal change.
Developing positive attitude among children
plays a significant role to bring positive attitude among students towards
inclusive education. If teacher follow below approaches in teaching he
definitely bring positive attitudes to students towards inclusive education.
Child to child approach :
Child to child approach strategy Develops positive attitude among students towards inclusive education. In this strategy, one student who has problem in learning a concept on a one-to-one basis, a competent student is paired with one who has difficulty in a given academic area.
Cooperative learning is a method to develop positive attitude towards inclusive education in students. The primary elements involved in this technique are: positive interdependence, or the feeling that individual goal attainment relies on the performance of all group members, student’s own responsibility, face-to-face interaction with peers, use of social skills and involvement of a group as a whole in the completion of a given academic task.
Children supporting children:
Children need to be actively involved in the transition to a caring inclusive school as they are key stakeholders. Often children do not treat their disabled peers with respect because they are uncomfortable with, or unsure about, the difficulty. To ensure that students learn to work and play together, they must be given the knowledge they need. Inclusive class rooms require structure and organization to facilitate students learning together. The way forward with students is as follows:
1] Students need to be prepared to welcome the new child,
2] Children enhance their learning by working together as the best way to learn is to teach it to someone else,
3] Students need to have understanding and knowledge to able to work together,
4] Students need social opportunities to interact with peers in addition to their academic studies,
5] It is helpful for children to recognize their own learning strengths, all children learn differently.
Developing positive attitude among parents
For an ideal inclusion programme there must be strong parent
teacher association group insisting on the importance of parental involvement.
This would enable to bring attitudinal changes on disability related
issues in parents.
It is critical that parents are made aware of the goals of inclusive education. Difficulty child parents are protective, apprehensive that their child will be teased, left out, and not receive quality education in an inclusive setting . In the same way normal child parents doesn’t want to sit their child with difficulty child in inclusive class room.
It is school’s responsibility to provide information and reassurance to the parents. Schools benefit from involved parents who care about their child’s education. To bring positive attitude among parents towards inclusive education schools can explain following things to parents.
1] Their child being educated in inclusive school can improve the child’s social abilities and academic achievements,
2] Research indicates that if the family participate in the education of the child, the child does better in school,
3] Parents needs to prepare the child entering an inclusive school, as the fear of unknown is powerful,
4] Challenged children need advocates, the parents are the best advocate for the child,
5] To succeed in school children need support, and families must to communicate the need for support to the school effectively,
6] Parents and teachers need to work collaboratively to develop individual education plans for their children.
Developing positive attitude among community
Inclusion is a social and educational philosophy .
Those who believe in inclusion also believe that all people are valuable
members of mainstream society.
Community involvement in planning activities and providing services such as education, health, and skills training is crucial for building local capacity.
The attitude that ‘inclusive education’ is develop in community in following ways.
1] Educational policies must be able to meet the challenges of pluralism and enable everyone to find their place in the community to which they primarily belong and at the same time be given the means to open up other communities.
2] International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first century reminds that education policies must be so designed as not to become another cause of social exclusion and that schools should foster the desire to live together. [UNESCO, 1990]
3] To Develop positive attitude in society, a social worker who are responsible for creating the link between school and community and have been able to successfully mobilize community forces to support inclusion
4] Work with local social and health agencies to provide services and educate students and their families about pertinent issues.
5] Keep an ‘open door’ policy in the school that invites community members and policy makers to become involved in the school and its mission.
For a teacher, no two days are alike. Lesson plans are important to chart the course of each class, but it’s not uncommon for a meticulously mapped out lesson to deviate wildly – sometimes even necessitating that a lesson plan be thrown to the wind entirely. Interruptions and disruptions are the norm, and no single day can be described as “typical” for a teacher – especially not those that are being monitored. Children can be unpredictable by nature, and every teacher would do well to bear in mind that, when it comes to learning, everything is always in a perpetual state of change.
5.5 Success Stories, Financial Resources and Infrastructure.
Lack of financial resources devoted to education can be evidenced in many ways, including: lack of schools and other facilities; insufficient classrooms; insufficient, underpaid, and/or insufficiently trained teachers; lack of management and supervision; lack of and/or poor quality textbooks and other learning materials; and insufficient attention to standards and quality assurance. Each and every one of these results of insufficient funding can act as a barrier to any child seeking a primary education.
There is no denying how significant a school is in shaping up a student’s personality and holistic learning process. Like an experienced teacher and teaching pedagogy play a critical role in shaping students’ academic lives, infrastructure is also vital. It creates a favourable environment for students’ holistic development. It’s a common knowledge that every parent wants to spend money where their kids feel safe and secure while learning and enjoying their student life. They wish to ensure the schools have ample safety standards and facilities to make learning a joy.
Some of the key components which should feature in an ideal checklist while assessing any school infrastructure are as follows:
· Spacious and well- ventilated classrooms
· Well-equipped labs
· Facilities study tables, chairs, furniture and basic utilities such as water, electricity etc.
· Study halls
· Games equipment
· Assembly area
· Well-maintained sanitation facilities