Disability in higher education: do reasonable adjustments contribute to an inclusive curriculum?

Bunbury, S. 2018. Disability in higher education: do reasonable adjustments contribute to an inclusive curriculum? International Journal of Inclusive Education. 24 (9), pp. 964-979. doi:10.1080/13603116.2018.1503347

TitleDisability in higher education: do reasonable adjustments contribute to an inclusive curriculum?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBunbury, S.
Abstract

The study focuses on the importance of inclusive curriculum design in Higher Education (HE) and the impact of reasonable adjustments in ensuring inclusive practices. Although making reasonable adjustments attempts to ensure inclusivity, the data gathered suggests that some staff struggle to accommodate disabled students, due to a lack of knowledge, training and awareness of disability. The findings are drawn from qualitative data collected from five participants by way of in-depth interviews. The study explored the perceptions of staff members in a Law School, and attempts to offer practical recommendations to ensure HE institutions adopt inclusive practices in their curriculum design. The findings suggest that having an inclusive curriculum can in some cases minimise or obviate the need to make reasonable adjustments. It is suggested that HE institutions should now switch their focus to the social model of disability which focuses on attitudes, so as to transform the perception of staff towards disabled students. Additionally, practical solutions are provided in an attempt to recognise that disabled students may need to be treated differently, in order to achieve their full potential, which ultimately ensures inclusion within the curriculum.

Keywords Inclusive education, curriculum, disability, reasonable adjustments, higher education
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Journal citation24 (9), pp. 964-979
ISSN1360-3116
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13603116.2018.1503347
Publication dates
Published online01 Aug 2018
Published in print2020

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