Centre of Expertise Global and Inclusive Learning

Research group Inclusive Education

This research group will be dedicated to use action oriented research to help develop The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) into a learning institute where everybody feels welcome, included, and supported to reach the best of their educational potential.

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About the research group

The research group will achieve this goal through involving the larger, extended THUAS community and making inclusive education a normalized aspect of daily culture.  Research will focus on the actual processes that are required to implement sustainable change.  It will investigate the best types of support that are necessary for both students and teachers to ensure study success.  The research group believes that students are an intricate part of addressing this issue and will have a branch specifically dedicated to student research, involvement, and empowerment.  In addition, the research group will collaborate with national and international institutions to promote inclusive educational practices.

Research group

The research group consists of a core group of people who are dedicated to promoting the research and knowledge production for the lectorate.  Members consist of dedicated teaching and staff members of THUAS extended community.  Each member contributes to the knowledge within the circle and pursues their own individual research or project interests.

Affiliate group

The lectorate works with affiliate members.  These are members who are working on individual projects such as Ph.D. or Master dissertations.  The affiliate branch also offers room for individual teaching or administrative staff who have ideas they would like to pursue.

Student Branch

The Student Branch (SB) is the student unit of the Lectorate of Inclusive Education. The SB is run by junior researchers and student staff who are members of either the Lectorates of Inclusive Education or Global Citizenship. The vision for this unit is that students can and should play a significant role in creating an inclusive learning environment and should contribute to the concept of global citizenship.  Through the SB students are invited to participate in student driven and oriented initiatives, ranging from research and empowerment activities to supporting fellow students in the pursuit of their education. The SB has four main themes of operation: promotion of an inclusive learning environment; student support activities; student empowerment, and student research.

About the professor

Aminata Cairo, PhD

Aminata Cairo was born and raised in the Netherlands but pursued her entire academic career in the United States. She obtained bachelor’s degrees in physical education and psychology, a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in medical anthropology. She has dedicated her academic work to community engagement and giving voice to overlooked, silenced, or otherwise marginalized populations, while including students in that process. She worked as an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Upon return to the Netherlands she has worked in diversity and inclusion policy at Leiden University.

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Those of us with educational privilege have the responsibility to help somebody else along.
Projects

Projects

Project for Undocumented students

Project for Undocumented students

There is a group of young people that experiences a reverse life course. Whereas most children develop towards independence through education, for these youngsters the opposite takes place. This group sees its access to education declining as they grow older. When they turn 18, they celebrate their loss of human rights and their lives are shaped by fear of being deported. These are the ‘undocumented’ ones that are born in the Netherlands or came here as a young child with their undocumented parents.

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Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship

Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport

The lectorate has performed research into how the concept of global citizenship is promoted in its curriculum and how it is experienced and perceived by its students.

Global Citizenship Certificate

The lectorate has contributed to the development of the Global Citizenship Certificate in collaboration with the lectorates of Global Citizenship and International Learning. 
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Support of Educational Departments

Support of Educational Departments

The lectorate contributes to educational departments through numerous guest lectures and contributions to minors. For the minor Development Cooperation the lectorate has provided connections in Ghana for internships. The lectorate has partnered twice with the Department of Social Work in organizing the Day of Dialogue during which 200 students from the department and guest students from Belgium engage in dialogue with community members. Similarly the lectorate has also contributed to the Netherlands and Belgium exchange program in the Department of Health, Dietetics and Sports. For two years in a row the lectorate utilized the Inclusivity Pathway Training to promote intercultural understanding and exchange. The lectorate has twice offered a summer school course.
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Inclusivity pathway training

Inclusivity pathway training

The Inclusivity Pathway Training (IPT) is a training specifically designed to assist people in the development and strengthening of their abilities to facilitate inclusive learning and working environments. Diversity and inclusion remain constant stumbling blocks in our (educational) institutions. In spite of the many interventions, our academic world has not been able to manage diversity and inclusion effectively. Teaching staff, but also regular staff remain actively in search of concrete useable tools.
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#Multinclude

#Multinclude

Enhance access and participation and promote greater equity. This project is conceived to elicit, promote and disseminate some of those ideas – good IDEAS – that were developed in different parts of the world, in particular in Europe. This project was co-funded bij Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is a joint-venture of THUAS, Echo, the European School Heads Association, The Knowledge Innovation Centre, Malmö University, Dschola and the Kinderbüro van the University of Wien.
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Community support networks

Community support networks

The lectorate pursues research in the roll of community support networks, with the ultimate goal to improve the community support networks that are meant to uphold our students. Data is going to be collected through a variety of community support network programs in combination with survey research.
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Teaching using the concept of playing field

Teaching using the concept of playing field

Teaching with the concept of the playing field is a training program for teachers developed by Fatima El Bouk. The training offers direct tools to help teaching staff create a positive learning environment in the classroom through building a bridge between school, culture and the lived experience of students. 

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Love Me for Me:  Stories for Children in Transgender Families

Love Me for Me: Stories for Children in Transgender Families

Love Me for Me is a project that started in 2014 in the United States at Southern Illinois University by Dr. Aminata Cairo and her anthropology students at the time. Guided by Sayer Johnson, head of the St. Louis Trans Umbrella Group, and Anne Wolfe, children’s librarian, Dr. Cairo and her students wrote a number of stories for children in Transgender families. 

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Men at Work

Men at Work

“We have difficulty bringing in young men and keeping them in the department of Social Work and Education.” This had been a longstanding issue for multiple years and the lectorate was asked to contribute to thinking about a solution.  Instead of a top-down approach, the lectorate opted to work from below and include a networking approach.  It started with the question who are the experts on this subject that need to be consulted?  Of course those were the students themselves.  From there the staff – teaching as well as support staff, alumni and the work field needed to be included.

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Student Branch

Student Branch

The Student Branch (SB) is the student unit of the Lectorate of Inclusive Education. Through the SB students are invited to participate in student driven and oriented initiatives, ranging from research to supporting fellow students in the pursuit of their education. The SB has four main themes of operation: promotion of an inclusive learning environment; student support activities; student empowerment, and student research.

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Inclusive Education: what does it mean for our students and employees?

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