Linda Graham

Linda Graham

Professor Linda Graham leads QUT's Centre for Inclusive Education and coordinates LCN629, the core unit in the M.Ed (Inclusive Education) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Location Australia


  • Note this video only includes *some* of the major milestones. We couldn't include everything or you'd be watching it all day! Let us know what has been influential in your country?

  • It should always be remembered that the aide is there to support the teacher. Not students.

  • @PhilipBrady Very good points. One of my very first published papers asked the question "Into what do we seek to include?" True inclusion involves a complete reshaping of the way we deliver education. No more "mainstream" and no more "regular".

  • That depends on the student and the level of adjustment required, which is significantly reduced if teachers employ universal design principles at the planning phase. You will learn more about this in the course :)

  • Especially in the curriculum. They have a right to learn, not just observe, hey?

  • Thank you everyone for your comments. This scenario was built from real-life research data. "Daniel" is a real student and this is the reality of his "inclusion" at school. But as so many of you pointed out, this is not inclusion, it is a strange mix of integration and segregation. We can do SO much better and that is why Haley and I created this course. I'm...

  • Precisely @MariaBarros :) Later we define inclusion because it is important to be clear about what it really is so that we know what is really taking place (or not) in our classrooms

  • I'm glad you used "quotation marks" Alison :) Later in the course we define inclusion and it is important to be very clear about what it is and also what it isn't.

  • What an incredibly diverse range of learners we have! I have noted down Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, Dubai, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Maldives, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine and the United States, not to mention Queensland and New South Wales!! Welcome all of you and I hope you enjoy the course. :)

  • This is exactly what we like to hear.

  • Angela!!! How ARE you?? So great to hear from you again. :)

  • Hi Kerrie, long time no see!! I hope you enjoy the course :)

  • Hello Philip! I began my schooling in Dublin and Haley gave me 'Far from the Tree' as a present. So many connections already ;)

  • It's never too late, @AnaWhite :) We really hope you continue your learning. Congratulations for your drive and initiative -- your students will benefit!

  • Fantastic to hear @PamPrichard -- we look forward to visiting you in 2020 :)

  • Yep. That's the plan! :)

  • This is such a shame Winifred but with people like yourself doing this course, there will be change over time.

  • That is true. Some will. However, there are some societal patterns that can guide you. The two groups that most prefer identity-first are those who identify as Autistic and those in the Deaf (as opposed to 'deaf') community. Note though that just because someone is autistic or deaf does not tell you how they wish to be identified. Being aware of the identity...

  • It would be preferable to refer specifically to 'with ADHD' or 'with dyslexia'. Someone diagnosed with ADHD may not actually experience learning difficulties... The safest option is to have the conversation with the person themselves and ask them what they prefer. :)

  • @IanCampbell I saw a similar space when I was in Oxford recently and I really didn't like it because I was unsure of who had right of way... me or the bus! The whole design seemed quite dangerous to me. Especially when people on bikes and skateboards were whizzing about

  • I am so pleased to hear that @ZhiqiangAmosTay :) Adopting inclusive language can be challenging in systems that have been influenced by the medical model for a long time. But we need to start somewhere and every person that extends their knowledge and makes a commitment like you just have is one more brick in the wall of change. Welcome!!

  • Thank you Jennai -- we certainly think so!

  • Thank you so much for that thoughtful reflection, @ElizabethBeynon -- it is a powerful story and far too common.

  • That is excellent.

  • Yay!

  • You are very welcome @AshaF -- please share your learning with others and encourage them to do the course :)

  • Awesome to hear Paul, thank you for that positive feedback :)

  • Thank you @AlexTuffin -- we worked very hard on it and it is such a pleasure to hear that it is hitting the mark!

  • Yay!! Go you! There is plenty of research to support your position so flick us an email if you experience opposition... :)

  • The CRPD supercedes the Statement and is the most authoritative instrument as it is legally binding on countries that have ratifies the CRPD

  • The MOOC is open for two weeks, @MiriamCrouther -- you can send them the link and encourage them to do it? You could also use this video of a lecture I gave last year and use it as a PL resource...?

  • Woo hoo, Alice!! You are right. There are better ways to reach your students and the person best placed to do this is YOU.

  • Excellent to hear @pragatimahajan -- you can be a leader in your school and in your country by making changes one step at a time. Congratulations!

  • Excellent contibution, thank you @IdaBrandão :)

  • Thank you for sharing those principles, Paul :)

  • That is great news Annemaaike! Go Uganda!

  • New Brunswick is doing good things, Paul. Check out Policy 322 which was adopted in 2013. It's not perfect but it has definitely changed attitudes

  • Absolutely right, Alice. This is why we all have to know about our obligations, so we can hold our governments to account :)

  • Yes Ian, teacher aide is our term for teaching assistant :) And it's the same deal here re qualifications, experience and pay.

  • No Pragati, it won't help. In an inclusive classroom, the classroom teacher is responsible for the learning of all students. The TA is there to support the teacher, not individual children.

  • @MatleenaJärviö Universal Design for Learning. You will learn more about it in this course :)