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Diversitity und Inclusion in Schools und Teacher Education

Diversity and Inclusion in Teacher Education

Dealing with Diversity and Inclusion in Schools - A Central Issue in Teacher Education

On this page you will find information and opportunities concerning diversity and inclusion in teacher education for students, teachers and other interested parties.

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Diversity Principles at the Leibniz University

The Leibniz University Hannover promotes an environment that actively counteracts discriminatory policies, actions and standpoints. In order to further this initiative, the Senate group “Diversity Management” established ten Diversity Principles to support cooperation among a variety of parties at the Leibniz University Hannover. These measures were officially passed by the Senate and the chair committee in 2016.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Within the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative a far-reaching debate in research and practice is advanced on the topics of diversity, inclusion and multilingualism. The initiative intends to realize several structural changes within the degree structure and professional development course:

  • within the university (Pillar I University Teaching Methodology),

  • in the teacher education program (Pillar II teacher-education-specific degrees), and

  • in professional development.

Simultaneously, the initiative intends to expand the interconnectedness of faculty and staff working on these topics in their research and their teaching practice.

What is Diversity?

On a conceptual level:

… diversity related to both individual and group characteristics

that are partially innate, partially individually acquired, and partially arise through policies and institutional practices. For example:

gender, ethnicity, culture, nationality, language, socio-economic status, age, mental and physical health, religion, etc.

all of these characteristics have in common that

  • they do not occur in isolation but in combination with one another

  • there is overlapping of varying categories of differentiation

  • they involve power and inequality structures

On a normative level:

  • diversity stands for the cherishing/appreciation of differences and the understanding of them as resources;

  • diversity emphasizes the uniqueness of individuals (cf. e.g. Aretz/Hansen 2002, S.8)

  • diversity clearly opposes discrimination on the basis of:

    • ethnicitifying attributions, nationality, education, age, language, gender attributions, bodily, mental and psychological impairment, religion or ideologies, etc.

Reference for the construction of difference guidelines

What is Inclusion?

Our understanding of inclusion …

Inclusion aims for the joint education of students with and without disabilities as well as a minimization of discrimination and a maximization of participation of all students.

Inclusion supports the continual development of values, attitudes, practices and institutional structures that seek to accomplish these aims.

Verbindung von Diversität und Inklusion
Dr. Isabel Sievers
Office hours
Hochschulbüro für ChancenVielfalt: i.d.R. Di., Mi. vormittags und Do. sowie jederzeit per E-Mail
Dr. Isabel Sievers
Office hours
Hochschulbüro für ChancenVielfalt: i.d.R. Di., Mi. vormittags und Do. sowie jederzeit per E-Mail