Collaborative partnerships: Developing pre-service teachers as inclusive practitioners to support students with disability

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Bentley-Williams, Robyn, Grima-Farrell, Christine, Long, Janette and Laws, Cath. (2017) Collaborative partnerships: Developing pre-service teachers as inclusive practitioners to support students with disability. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 64(3), pp. 270 - 282. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2016.1199851
AuthorsBentley-Williams, Robyn, Grima-Farrell, Christine, Long, Janette and Laws, Cath
Abstract

Since the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation including Australian Disability Discrimination Act, 1992 and the Disability Standards of Education, 2005, there is an increasing demand on all schools to cater effectively for more students with disabilities within an inclusive school community context. This investigation explored a proactive partnership model designed to equip pre-service teachers with deeper role understandings in teaching students with disabilities. This collaborative model involved sustained professional experiences in schools on four mornings each week over 38 weeks, offered in conjunction with their final-year teacher education studies in Diversity and Inclusive Education. A unique emphasis of this qualitative study was a focus on identifying conducive real-life experiences and ideal teacher qualities for undertaking challenging inclusive practitioner roles. Findings highlighted the perspectives of school leaders, special education mentors and pre-service teachers in improving inclusive learning outcomes for all students while developing an effective collaborative partnership model for teacher education.

Keywordscollaborative; disabilities; education; inclusive; partnership; pre-service; reflexive; teacher
Year2017
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Journal citation64 (3), pp. 270 - 282
ISSN1034-912X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2016.1199851
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84978734205
Page range270 - 282
Research GroupSchool of Education
EditorsR. Gillies
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