Investigating good practices in preparing new teachers for inclusive schools and classrooms.
|Grant type:||Development (2000-08)|
|Leader(s):||Dr Eileen Winter|
|Organisation:||Graduate School of Education, Queen’s University|
|Contact phone:||028 9097 5956|
|Address:||69-71 University Street, Belfast, N. Ireland BT7 1HL|
|Start Date:||1 September 2004|
|End Date:||5 July 2006|
|Interim report received:||8 July 2008|
|Final report received:||8 July 2008|
It has long been recognised that new teachers are apprehensive about their ability to teach students with special educational needs (SEN), and have found their preparation for inclusive classrooms inadequate at best (Garner, 1996; Dwyfor Davis & Garner, 1997). The project will produce evidence of the current status of SEN in Initial Teacher Education in N. Ireland. Findings will draw from the experiences of current practitioners to establish guidelines for good practice in preparing teachers for inclusive settings. Findings will be compared with the Ontario study and, where appropriate, will be amalgamated into a set of recommendations pertinent in both jurisdictions.