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Developing inclusive digital pedagogies: Reflections on the past, the present and future directions

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Publication date13/03/2022
Host publicationDigital Transformation of Education and Learning - Past, Present and Future - IFIP TC 3 Open Conference on Computers in Education, OCCE 2021, Proceedings: IFIP TC 3rd Open Conference on Computers in Education, OCCE 2021, Tampere, Finland, August 17–20, 2021, Proceedings
EditorsDon Passey, Denise Leahy, Lawrence Williams, Jaana Holvikivi, Mikko Ruohonen
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages12
ISBN (electronic)9783030979867
ISBN (print)9783030979850
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (electronic)1868-422X


Disabled children’s experiences of using digital technologies in mainstream classrooms are very mixed. On the one hand, children’s rights and digital rights legislation and inclusive education policies have promoted inclusive and equitable pedagogical practices for decades. Digital technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in homes and schools, a phenomenon rapidly accelerated by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this positive rhetoric, the reality on the ground is that inclusive digital pedagogies – that prevent disabled children experiencing exclusionary educational practices in mainstream classrooms – are underdeveloped and require significant research and development. Current uses of digital technologies by disabled children, harnessing accessibility features in mobile technologies, can focus attention on their differences. Digital technologies in classrooms generally are often used in mundane ways which do not make the most of opportunities for creativity, collaboration and student-centred learning. This paper reflects on the situation in the past and present in relation to the impact of disability studies, children’s rights, policies on inclusive education and, digital technology developments and educational practices, on the development of inclusive digital pedagogies. It concludes by outlining early findings from a research project carried out in North West England that identifies challenges in relation to the development and implementation of inclusive digital pedagogies.