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Social and Organizational Psychology Department, The National Distance Education University, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Department of Arts and Humanities, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Diversity, Identity, and Inclusion in Education, Health, and Work: Ensuring No One Is Left Behind

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30 June 2024
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31 December 2024
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Dear Colleagues,

This Topic aims to shed light on the challenges associated with fostering diversity, promoting a sense of identity, and furthering inclusion within the realms of education, health, and work. In an increasingly interconnected global society, embracing diversity and acknowledging the significance of individual identities are paramount to creating equitable environments. This Topic will highlight how these vital elements can be effectively integrated into education, health, and the workplace to prevent exclusion.

Education, the cornerstone of societal progress, must foster an inclusive environment that celebrates the richness of diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences. By examining various educational systems, pedagogical practices, and inclusive curricula, this Topic seeks to unravel the ways in which educational institutions can empower learners of all backgrounds, equipping them with the necessary tools to thrive in a diverse world.

Diversity, identity, and inclusion are also of paramount importance in healthcare. As healthcare providers, researchers, and policymakers, it is incumbent upon us to acknowledge and address the unique challenges faced by individuals from different ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Through this Topic, we aim to explore strategies for ensuring equitable access to healthcare, eliminating disparities, and promoting culturally competent practices that acknowledge and respect diverse identities. Furthermore, the issue delves into the sphere of work, where individuals spend a significant portion of their lives. Inclusive workplaces that foster diversity and empower employees to express their unique identities contribute not only to individual well-being but also to organizational success. This Topic will examine various aspects of workplace diversity, such as recruitment and retention practices, leadership development, and the promotion of inclusive policies, to identify effective strategies that cultivate environments where no one feels left behind.

Key Areas of Focus:

  • Intersectionality and Social Justice: Analyzing how multiple dimensions of identity intersect and impact the experiences of marginalized groups, with a focus on achieving social justice.
  • Health Disparities and Access: Investigating the disparities in health outcomes and access to healthcare services among diverse populations, aiming to identify solutions for reducing inequities.
  • Inclusive Policies and Practices: Examining policies and practices that foster diversity, inclusion, and equitable health outcomes, with emphasis on promoting inclusive environments in schools and workplaces.
  • Community Engagement and Empowerment: Highlighting successful community-led initiatives that empower marginalized communities and contribute to improved health outcomes.
  • Public Perception and Media Representation: Exploring the influence of media representation on public perception of diverse populations and its impact on inclusivity.

Methodology: The Topic will incorporate research and scholarship from various disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, public health, anthropology, and policy studies. Authors are encouraged to employ diverse research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, case studies, literature reviews, and community-based participatory research, to provide nuanced insights into the complex interplay between diversity, inclusion, and health outcomes.

Conclusion: By collecting multidisciplinary research, theoretical frameworks, and practical insights, this Topic will provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex interplay between diversity, identity, and inclusion in education, health, and the workplace. It will serve as a catalyst for informed discussions, innovative practices, and evidence-based policies that will drive positive change in our society.

Dr. Gabriela Topa
Dr. María Ángeles López-González
Topic Editors

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Administrative Sciences
admsci
3.0 3.9 2011 20.6 Days CHF 1400 Submit
Behavioral Sciences
behavsci
2.6 3.0 2011 21.5 Days CHF 2200 Submit
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
ejihpe
3.2 3.5 2011 20.1 Days CHF 1400 Submit
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ijerph
- 5.4 2004 29.6 Days CHF 2500 Submit
Sustainability
sustainability
3.9 5.8 2009 18.8 Days CHF 2400 Submit

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Enhancing Inclusive Teaching in China: Examining the Effects of Principal Transformational Leadership, Teachers’ Inclusive Role Identity, and Efficacy
Behav. Sci. 2024, 14(3), 175; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs14030175 (registering DOI) - 23 Feb 2024
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This research examined the effects of principal transformational leadership on teachers’ inclusive teaching behaviour, with a particular inquiry into the mediating effects of teachers’ inclusive role identity and efficacy for inclusive practice, as informed by identity theory and social cognitive theory. Structural equation [...] Read more.
This research examined the effects of principal transformational leadership on teachers’ inclusive teaching behaviour, with a particular inquiry into the mediating effects of teachers’ inclusive role identity and efficacy for inclusive practice, as informed by identity theory and social cognitive theory. Structural equation modelling with bootstrapping estimation was conducted using data from 712 teachers delivering inclusive teaching in primary or secondary schools in China. The results revealed the sequentially mediating mechanisms of teachers’ inclusive role identity and efficacy underlying the principal transformational leadership effects on teachers’ inclusive teaching behaviour. Research implications are also discussed. Full article
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Use of General Health Examination and Cancer Screening among People with Disability Who Need Support from Others: Analysis of the 2016 Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions in Japan
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2024, 21(2), 219; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21020219 - 13 Feb 2024
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Research on preventive healthcare services among people with disability in Japan is scarce. This study aimed to (1) examine the relationship between disability and the use of general health examination (GHE) and cancer screening (lung, gastric, colorectal, breast and cervical cancer) and (2) [...] Read more.
Research on preventive healthcare services among people with disability in Japan is scarce. This study aimed to (1) examine the relationship between disability and the use of general health examination (GHE) and cancer screening (lung, gastric, colorectal, breast and cervical cancer) and (2) explore the reasons for not using GHE. This cross-sectional study used secondary data from individuals aged 20–74 years (n = 15,294) from the Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions of 2016. Binomial logistic regression analysis was conducted to examine the relationship between disability and non-participation in preventive services. In addition, a descriptive analysis was conducted to explore the reasons for non-participation in GHE. Consequently, disability was identified as an independently associated factor for non-participation in GHE (odds ratios (OR): 1.73; 95% confidence interval (95%CI): 1.14–2.62) and screening for colorectal (OR: 1.78; 95%CI: 1.08–2.94), gastric (OR: 2.27; 95%CI: 1.27–4.05), cervical (OR: 2.12; 95%CI: 1.04–4.32) and breast cancer (OR: 2.22; 95%CI: 1.04–4.72), controlling for confounding factors. The most dominant reason for non-participation was “I can go to see the doctor anytime, if I am worried (25/54, 46.3%).” Our findings imply the existence of disability-based disparity in preventive healthcare service use in Japan. Full article
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Constructing and Testing AI International Legal Education Coupling-Enabling Model
Sustainability 2024, 16(4), 1524; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16041524 - 10 Feb 2024
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In this paper, we aim to assess the coupling capability of artificial intelligence in international legal education, delving into crucial aspects of its implementation and effectiveness. This paper constructs a coupling empowerment model of AI international legal education by using artificial intelligence technology. [...] Read more.
In this paper, we aim to assess the coupling capability of artificial intelligence in international legal education, delving into crucial aspects of its implementation and effectiveness. This paper constructs a coupling empowerment model of AI international legal education by using artificial intelligence technology. It also discusses the application of Pearson product–moment correlation coefficient in correlation analysis, the implementation of AI knowledge mapping in the help of intelligent parents, and the application of BP neural algorithm in artificial neural networks in order to establish a cognitive student model. This teaching mode can provide personalized learning experience and intelligent teaching support and allow accurate assessment of students’ learning level and cognitive ability. The results show that the employment rate of students is increased from 75% to 100%, and the evaluation of practicability is maintained at 10 points. It proves that AI technology provides an innovative approach to international law education, which is expected to promote the efficient use of educational resources and improve students’ performance and employment rate. Full article
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Telework and Work Intensity: Insights from an Exploratory Study in Portugal during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Adm. Sci. 2024, 14(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci14010014 - 11 Jan 2024
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The expansion of teleworking and the digital transition movement have given companies and workers great flexibility, albeit with significant organisational consequences. The recent COVID-19 pandemic further reinforced the scale of this impact. Thus, the current research aims to understand whether the multiple dimensions [...] Read more.
The expansion of teleworking and the digital transition movement have given companies and workers great flexibility, albeit with significant organisational consequences. The recent COVID-19 pandemic further reinforced the scale of this impact. Thus, the current research aims to understand whether the multiple dimensions of telework have impacted upon workers’ time management and work intensity through the unprecedented experiences during the pandemic and, in particular, to assess whether telework intensifies work, in what ways and the main reasons for this. The article analyses the literature on teleworking and work intensity and presents a documentary analysis on the subject, in addition to presenting the results of an exploratory study carried out in 2021 in Portugal which investigates the impact of teleworking on workers’ time management. The article underlines that although teleworking can increase a worker’s well-being by eliminating travel time, it presents several risks, namely it can intensify work through increased pressure to meet objectives and targets. Therefore, it is essential to develop research on the effects of telework, particularly assessing the relationship between telework and work intensification, as well as its effects on working conditions and workers’ well-being. This research will be an important resource for regulating labour laws and designing human resource management policies. Full article
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