Building stronger teacher education programmes to prepare inclusive teachers

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In response to concerns about the capacity of current school-based placements to prepare newteachers for inclusive classrooms, teacher education institutions are developing additional fieldwork programmes. We describe an innovative fieldwork programme that resulted from a partnership between the Faculty of Education at Monash University and Wallara (a disability-service provider), and we present findings from an investigation into the pedagogical decisions pre-service teachers made in this programme when tutoring young adults with intellectual disabilities. The findings suggest that well-structured fieldwork programmes that take place on campus can provide valuable opportunities for preparing new teachers for inclusive classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education
Subtitle of host publicationNarratives of Learning
EditorsAnge Fitzgerald, Graham Parr, Judy Williams
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789811308154
ISBN (Print)9789811308147
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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