Working with trainee teachers on Difference and Diversity

Lynne Taylerson
Twitter Profile: @realtimeedu 3rd May 2020

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in Dealing with Difference and Diversity (Adopting)

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

As director of an Independent Training Provider I have a variety of roles working with diverse organisations. My main role is in Initial Teacher Training and ongoing CPD for FE, HE and in work-based scenarios. I facilitate accredited teacher training programmes and also 1-day and short course unaccredited ongoing practitioner CPD across the sector in all topics commonly found in the teacher... more

How did you use the learning from this module in your teaching context?

What I have been able to do is to enable a small group of new teachers to undertake a dialogue around Hall's theory and ask them to apply these findings to some Apprentice learner groups and colleagues that they are working in work-based training scenarios. Use of Hall’s theory has allowed them to reflect upon and evaluate how cultural differences impact on scenarios such as group... more

What worked well?

The ideas put forward by Hall seemed to chime with learners and they have derived meaning directly applicable to their own scenario by considering the ways in which people from different cultural backgrounds may react differently when engaging in to a F2F group work or online discussion group activity. They have also been able to reflect on their own experiences of flexible learning using the... more

What would you do differently next time?

Rather than doing anything differently I now plan to extend my teacher trainee groups’ experience with managing diversity when we return to a more conventional facilitation mode. What I plan to do is to give them a variety of texts in a range of different languages and ask them to experiment with a variety of translator tools, using smart phones and tablets, and then to evaluate how these... more

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