Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an investigation of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of inclusive education, offering a comparative analysis of the theories and practices in different classroom contexts. Students will be familiarised with contemporary literature on critical reflection, will apply components of this literature to their work practice, and will compare and contrast examples of critical reflection in a variety of Inclusive, special education and disability service settings with reference to global perspectives in inclusive education.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss the principal features of critical reflection in workplace environments;

2. Apply the important features of critical reflection to a present or past professional experience;

3. Demonstrate theoretical understanding of, and critique (critically reflect upon), current models of inclusive practice in terms of their relevance to particular educational contexts;

4. Develop personal professional goals and to evaluate the extent of their achievement.


Topics will include:

  • Defining critical reflection
  • Critical reflection and other forms of learning
  • Levels of reflection
  • Using critical reflection tools
  • Critical reflection in inclusive special education and disability service settings
  • The history of special and inclusive education: theory and models of practice
  • Global perspectives and controversies that impoact inclusive education practices
  • Issues of inclusion implementation: Australian and international contexts

Assessment items

Essay: Essays/Written Assignments - S-M-A-R-T(-E-R) Goals

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Board Participation

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments - Ideology Review

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.