Search results for: Inclusion
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This study, based on a corpus of interviews with student primary school teachers engaged in a two-year programme of initial teacher education in France, investigates their readiness to meet the challenges of the multicultural classroom. Their attitudes towards the cultural and linguistic diversity of their classrooms, and their capacity to go beyond simply ‘managing’ the situation are analysed. The results suggest that without major changes in approach at the levels of teacher education, schools administration and within schools themselves; the rich possibilities to develop positive attitudes to inclusion and interculturality offered by the presence of plurilingual and pluricultural children in primary school classrooms will continue to be overlooked.
Updated: Jul. 14, 2021
These aren’t the kids I signed up for: the lived experience of general education, early childhood preservice teachers in classrooms for children with special needs
Effective inclusive teaching practices continue to be an area of uncertainty for preservice and practicing teachers. This qualitative study examined the lived experiences of three, general education, early childhood, preservice teachers (PST) completing a field experience in preschool classrooms for children with significant disabilities. All three PSTs in the study were completing a semester long requisite field experience while concurrently completing an introduction to special education course. Both the field experience and the introduction to special education course were required for their early childhood, general education certification program. While the PSTs initially acknowledged anxiety related to working with children with significant disabilities, the levels of anxiety decreased during the experience. Additionally, PSTs noted the importance of the pedagogical skills they acquired from their special education mentor teachers. Highly skilled, special education mentor teachers were noted being critical to a successful experience.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2021
Disability and the Meaning of Social Justice in Teacher Education Research: A Precarious Guest at the Table?
Although disability is assumed to be part of the teacher education social justice landscape, its position in the context of social justice is contested and has not been informed by an analysis of the empirical record. To address this gap, the authors examined 25 years of research on social justice in teacher education, focusing on how disability is presented in relationship to other social markers of identity. Disability is only modestly visible within this literature; when included, it is typically treated as an isolated marker of identity, absent considerations of intersectionality. Overcoming this marginalization of disability requires new, robust cross-faculty alliances in conceptualizing research on social justice in teacher education; adopting discursive practices that complicate disability in terms of its intersectional, reciprocal relationship with the full range of social markers of identity; and intersectionality-driven instruction connecting multiple identities and the multiple instructional strategies required to transform teacher education for social justice.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2021
Through the eyes of inclusion: an evaluation of video analysis as a reflective tool for student teachers within special education
The role of special education teachers is currently facing an extensive renewal process closely related to the professional transition from a narrow understanding of special education, rooted in the deficit paradigm, to a broader vision of inclusion as a whole-school and community action. Within such a process, student teachers’ professional development in special education plays a crucial role. Studies on this topic underline how student teachers’ beliefs and attitudes regarding inclusive education deeply affect their future teaching activity. Research shows that, while student teachers usually agree with the principles of inclusive teaching, they are much less sure of how to implement those principles in their teaching practice. By assessing the breadth of the gulf between ideals and practice, the author’s investigation emphasises how the video analysis of simulated lessons carried out by student teachers can contribute to a positive change in student teachers’ attitudes towards inclusion in school. Such a change would help student teachers develop a reflective stance that would strengthen their ability to transform inclusive principles into everyday educational practices.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2020
This study aimed to determine the impact of a course on inclusive education on participants’ attitudes, concerns, and their teaching efficacy. The findings reveal that formal education alters pre-service teacher attitudes, concerns, and efficacy towards inclusive education while also revealing that demographic differences influenced the ability of formal education to modify these characteristics.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018
Organisational Self-evaluation and Teacher Education for Community Relations in a Transforming Society?
During 2004, the School of Education at the University of Ulster embarked on an innovative three-year project designed to embed community relations objectives within initial teacher education. This article reports on one very specific and time-limited element of the broader project. That is, development work designed to investigate the possibilities of using processes of self-review and evaluation as a lever for improvements in initial teacher education for community relations.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2016
Views From the Trenches: Teacher and Student Supports Needed for Full Inclusion of Students With ASD
This study seeks to determine the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in fully inclusive settings as well as teachers’ needs in facilitating their students’ success. The study was translational in nature by focusing on the practice and daily experiences of teachers for informing professional development. Teachers highlighted the knowledge and skills teachers need for students with ASD to fully benefit from inclusive educational placements.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2015
Inclusion Seen by Student Teachers in Special Education: Differences among Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Students
This paper describes various views of special teacher students towards inclusion. The specific aims were to see how these views can be seen as supportive or challenging for inclusion in schools. The results show that students in similar Nordic countries have different views about inclusion. Norwegian students mostly supported inclusion while the special teachers in Finland and in Sweden have more reservations. To sum up, Scandinavian countries are similar yet different. Teacher education needs to be a place to explore inclusion critically as well as a place to prepare for it.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015
The Valuation of Knowledge and Normative Reflection in Teacher Qualification: A Comparison of Teacher Educators, Novice and Experienced Teachers
This article investigates empirically the degree of difference between teacher educators’ and practicing teachers’ views, using a Norwegian survey sample of teacher educators and teachers. The results reveal that all three groups - teacher educators, novice teachers and experienced teachers - recognize the importance of possessing both practical skills and academic knowledge in achieving success. In terms of attitudes toward inclusion, a different profile emerged for the three groups. The results showing that novice teachers are more like teachers in schools than their teacher educators and that novice teachers do not seem to be particularly positive toward inclusion.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2015
Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of simSchool as Preparation for Inclusive Education: A Pilot Study
In this pilot study, the authors examined the perspective of pre-service teachers on a classroom simulation program called “simSchool.” The article highlighted the potential of simSchool as well as some current limitations of this approach in the context of Australian teacher education courses.
Updated: May. 12, 2015