Moving Towards Inclusive Learning and Teaching: A Synthesis of Recent Literature

  • Gwen Lawrie
  • Elizabeth Marquis McMaster University
  • Eddie Fuller
  • Tara Newman
  • Mei Qiu
  • Milton Nomikoudis
  • Frits Roelofs
  • Lianne van Dam
Keywords: inclusive teaching and learning, inclusive curriculum design, inclusive curriculum delivery, inclusive assessment, institutional commitment to inclusion


The need for inclusive and equitable approaches to teaching and learning is a persistent theme in recent literature. In spite of relatively widespread agreement about this objective, inclusion remains elusive, and opinions about how best to achieve it proliferate. To provide a landscape view of the field and offer recommendations for research and practice, this article provides a focussed review of literature connected to inclusive teaching and learning published since 2010. Drawing from a framework advanced by Hockings (2010), we synthesize key findings from recent scholarship and argue for the value of a whole-of-institution approach that considers the activities and interactions of educational actors operating at different institutional levels. We also extend this argument to consider the need for greater attention to factors that move beyond the individual institution and to advocate for further international research in particular.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Marquis, McMaster University
Elizabeth Marquis is an assistant professor in the Arts & Science program and the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning at McMaster University.
How to Cite
LawrieG., MarquisE., FullerE., NewmanT., QiuM., NomikoudisM., RoelofsF., & van DamL. (2017). Moving Towards Inclusive Learning and Teaching: A Synthesis of Recent Literature. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 5(1), 1-13.
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