EDAS 148 - Exploring Diversity

This course will analyze diversity and how respect, understanding, and encouragement can affect the educational process. It will deepen the student's awareness and understanding of people, their values and cultures, with an emphasis on Indigenous, First Nations, and Metis cultures.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


HDEC 100, HDEC 101, EDAS141A, EDAS145


Non-Course Prerequisites: 
Criminal Record Check Schedule B works with “children” or works with “children and vulnerable adults." Admission to the Education Assistant Certificate or Diploma Program. 




Course Content: Themes:
Diversity issues
- Supporting Indigenous, First Nations, and Metis learners
- Diversity
- Diversity/Social justice issues
- Appearance and age
- Class
- Culture
- Ability/disability
- Gender
- Language
- Race
- Religion/spirituality
- Sexual orientation
- Poverty
- Homelessness
- Stereotyping
- Prejudice
- Racism
- Bias
- Values
- Beliefs
- Multiculturalism
- Multicultural education
- Indigenous, First Nations, and Metis experiences and education
- Mind maps
- Personal philosophy
- Think creatively
- Analyze situations
- Analyze media
- Advocate
- Communicate clearly, orally and in writing
- Listen actively
- Synthesize information
- ID barriers to inclusion
- Use appropriate motivation strategies
- Choose and apply appropriate learning strategies
- Access community resources


Learning Outcomes: The intention of this course is to prepare students to work with children from differing cultural backgrounds. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- Prepare and/or implement culturally responsive learning activities
- Assess an environment for inclusive attributes
- Advocate for student inclusion
- Develop inclusive environments
- Identify ways for students to develop positive and healthy relationships at school
- Assess personal values and beliefs
- Apply learning to practice
- Articulate a personal philosophy of respecting diversity. Use his/her understanding of culture and cultural differences to support the inclusion of all students
- Use their understanding of Indigenous, First Nations, and Metix experiences and teaching/learning strategies to support the academic and social development of their children


Grading System:  Letter Grades


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.