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Diversity content is often met with covert and overt resistance in the classroom. Utilisation of a balanced learning model may address classroom resistance. Balanced learning models require ‘backwards’ course planning, equal attention to course content and class process, and a strategic use of cyclical course design to include introduction of new materiel, experience, followed by personal reflection. Using a balanced learning model moves classroom instruction beyond active learning strategies in the classroom, but can present unique challenges for instructors. While not without challenges, utilising a balanced learning model proves useful during course design and delivery of a graduate course on diversity. The article describes balanced learning models emergence, define the benefits of such models, and ultimately demonstrate how using a balance learning model is a useful course design tool to reduce resistance to diversity content in the classroom.

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This document was originally published by The Higher Education Academy in ELiSS. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.11120/elss.2013.00012