Secondary preservice teachers exploration of inclusive education

Lock, Jennifer and Redmond, Petrea ORCID: (2019) Secondary preservice teachers exploration of inclusive education. In: Transformative pedagogies for teacher education: critical action, agency, and dialogue in teaching and learning contexts. Transformative Pedagogies in Teacher Education. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, United States, pp. 37-54. ISBN 978-1-64113-700-3

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In today’s classrooms, teachers are expected to design and facilitate inclusive learning environments. Teacher education programs are required to provide pre-service teachers with appropriate and relevant training to enable them to respond to the diverse learning needs of all children. To address this issue, an online collaborative transformative learning experience was established with pre-service teachers, teacher educators and practicing teachers dialoguing about contemporary pedagogical approaches for a diverse and changing classroom. This experience was designed to introduce secondary pre-service teachers to the reality of inclusive pedagogies required to effectively teach across a range of differences within their classrooms. A single case study (n=50) was used to examine archived online discussions conducted in a secondary curriculum and pedagogy course. The purpose of study was to explore secondary pre-service teachers’ concerns and knowledge regarding inclusivity and inclusive practices for students with special educational needs in their discipline-based classrooms. Using a constant comparative analysis six themes emerged: Defining inclusion, fear of inclusion, impact of inclusion, multiple approaches to inclusion, important of collaboration, and ICT and inclusion. Drawing on the data and the literature, four implications for pre-service teachers and for teacher education programs are also discussed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 04:06
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2021 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: inclusion, teacher education, special educational needs, secondary pre-service teachers
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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