International service-learning : Preparing teachers for inclusion

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Carrington, Suzanne and Kimber, Megan Paige. (2017). International service-learning : Preparing teachers for inclusion. In Service-learning: Enhancing inclusive education pp. 21-37 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620170000012002
AuthorsCarrington, Suzanne and Kimber, Megan Paige
Abstract

In this chapter, we consider the impact of an international service-learning experience on six final year pre-service teachers’ preparedness to be inclusive teachers in terms of Kiely’s (2004) “transforming forms” (p. 9). These forms are “political,” “intellectual,” “moral,” “cultural,” “personal,” and “spiritual.” The analysis of the six participants’ reflection logs completed on return to university, and interviews undertaken 12 months after the experience, revealed four categories (personal growth, relationships with others, wider societal views, and impact on teaching) that encompass movement toward these transforming forms. We begin the chapter by considering service-learning frameworks and theories, drawing out our understanding of Kiely’s (2004) “transforming forms” (pp. 9–11). Following this discussion, we provide an overview of our program and the six participants. We then analyze the data from participants’ reflection logs and interviews. From our analysis, we suggest that all six participants showed some movement toward one or more of the “transforming forms.” Finally, we draw conclusions about the usefulness of Kiely’s framework for planning and reflecting on an international service-learning experience to prepare pre-service teachers to be inclusive teachers. We conclude that keeping in mind Kiely’s “transforming forms” when planning, reflecting on, and evaluating an international service-learning experience can better prepare students to be inclusive teachers.

KeywordsService-learning; Inclusive education; Teacher preparation
Page range21-37
Year01 Jan 2017
Book titleService-learning: Enhancing inclusive education
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Edition12
ISBN978-1-78714-185-8
ISSN1479-3636
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620170000012002
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