Teachers' commitment to teach in inclusive schools, preparation of

Umesh Sharma, Erika Marie Pace

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Teaching in inclusive schools is complex. It requires that teachers are well prepared to create welcoming educational environments and facilitate the learning of all students irrespective of needs and abilities. A well-prepared teacher demonstrates his or her readiness to include all learners through three key aspects of the “heart” (i.e., the ethical and moral dimensions impinging on teaching in inclusive classrooms), “head” (i.e., knowledge and skills to teach students with diverse characteristics and backgrounds), and “hands” (i.e., application of inclusive pedagogy in real settings). Among the three key aspects of teacher preparation, the one that is given minimal attention in teacher education programs is the “heart” which, however, directly impacts on the teachers’ commitment to teaching in inclusive classrooms. This entry presents an overview of why it is important to enhance teacher commitment to inclusive education and how it could be achieved. It will identify the implications of not addressing this aspect among Initial Teacher Education (ITE) candidates as well as in-service teachers. It will also suggest practices informed by research across different country contexts that teacher educators could employ to enhance teacher commitment to implement inclusive education. The entry has implications both for initial teacher education and in-service professional learning programs internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Teacher Education
EditorsMichael A. Peters
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789811311796
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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