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What is an inclusive learning environment?

Updated April 17, 2017

Educators refer to a classroom or a place where teaching and learning takes place as a learning environment. They disagree about what type of learning environment delivers the most effective teaching to students of differing abilities.

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An inclusive learning environment is a school or classroom where students of every ability level receive teaching in the same place. This means that particularly able students learn alongside those who have special educational needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit disorder.

Teaching Methods

Teachers differentiate between students of different abilities by giving them tasks of varying difficulty and complexity. A single activity may pose different levels of challenge and have different outcomes depending on the student, or a teacher may give a different task to each student, according to his ability.


Not all educators agree with inclusive education. Some suggest special education as an alternative, where students with learning difficulties and disabilities receive teaching separately. They argue that inclusive learning hinders more able students and deprives less able students of individual attention.

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About the Author

David Koenig

Dave Koenig has written professionally since 2005. His writing interests include the arts, film, religion and language. Koenig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical-theological studies from Manchester University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in religious studies from Lancaster University.

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