Inclusive education: pre-service teachers' reflexive learning on diversity and their challenging role

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Bentley-Williams, Robyn and Morgan, Jennifer. (2013). Inclusive education: pre-service teachers' reflexive learning on diversity and their challenging role. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 41(2), pp. 173 - 185. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2013.777024
AuthorsBentley-Williams, Robyn and Morgan, Jennifer
Abstract

Today people from a wide range of socio-cultural backgrounds are entering the teaching profession. The changing profile of pre-service teachers prompted inquiry into personal and professional influences in understanding diversity and inclusive practices. Two teacher educators collaborated across Australian universities to explore reflexive practices in preparing pre-service teachers for their complex teaching roles in the twenty-first century. Modes of delivery were an on-campus Inclusive Education unit with situated learning opportunities in community settings and a fully online Inclusive Education unit. Findings revealed that reflexive learning was a key mediating strategy in expanding the participants' consciousness. Participants engaged in confronting assumptions, raising awareness of diverse learning needs and critiquing social justice principles and equity issues. By creating a supportive learning environment, teacher educators were able to shift pre-service teachers from mere acceptance of diversity to a commitment to ethical decision-making and quality inclusive education.

Keywordsdiversity; inclusive education; reflexive
Year2013
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Journal citation41 (2), pp. 173 - 185
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1359-866X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2013.777024
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84877275982
Page range173 - 185
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationAustralia
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