Investigating good practices in preparing new teachers for inclusive schools and classrooms.

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: May 2004
Amount awarded £3,902.00
Completed: July 2006
Leader(s): Dr Eileen Winter
Organisation: Graduate School of Education, Queen’s University
Contact Email: e.winter@qub.ac.uk
Contact phone: 028 9097 5956
Address: 69-71 University Street, Belfast, N. Ireland BT7 1HL
Partners:
Dr Colette Gray
Stranmillis University College, Belfast
Dr Donna McGhie Richmond
University of Alberta, Canada
Start Date: 1 September 2004
End Date: 5 July 2006
Interim report received: 8 July 2008
Final report received: 8 July 2008
This project is both investigative and comparative in nature. It is specific to the N. Ireland context, and an extension of a similar project undertaken by the proposer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada (2002-2003). It will allow for cross-jurisdictional comparisons in relation to preparing teachers for inclusive classrooms.

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.