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ERIC Number: ED496229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 342
Abstractor: Author
Embracing Diversity: Toolkit for Creating Inclusive Learning-Friendly Environments
Harris, Ray; Miske, Shirley; Attig, George
UNESCO Bangkok
An inclusive, learning-friendly environment (ILFE) welcomes, nurtures, and educates all children regardless of their gender, physical, intellectual, socio-economic, emotional, linguistic and other characteristics. "Inclusive" in the school setting generally refers to the inclusion or children with disabilities into regular classrooms designed for children without disabilities. In this toolkit however, "inclusive" means children with disabilities and those who are left out of or excluded from school and from learning. In the past decade, many schools have worked to become "child-friendly" with a focus on the rights of children to learn to their fullest potential within a safe and welcoming environment. Being "child-friendly" is important, but not enough. Teachers ought to be included in the process too. Therefore, a "learning-friendly" environment is both "child-friendly" and "teacher-friendly" when both parties learn together as a learning community. The toolkit is divided into six booklets of different topics: (1) Define "inclusive, learning-friendly environment" and how schools and classrooms can create such as environment; (2) Discuss how families and communities can participate in the process; (3) Showcase existing barriers for inclusive education; (4) Dealing with diversity; (5) Managing an inclusive classroom; and (6) Creating a healthy and protective learning environment. [Japanese Funds In Trust as well as Scandinavian funds supported the development of this Toolkit.]
UNESCO Bangkok. Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, P.O. Box 967, Prakhanong Post Office, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel: +66-2-3910577; Fax: +66-2-3910866; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand).
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A