Over the past two decades the notion of including and educating learners with diverse educational needs in mainstream schools has shaped developments in education across the world. Dealing with a diversity of needs in an inclusive educational environment, however, seems to remain difficult for teachers. A lack of appropriate training is reported worldwide by teachers as a fundamental cause for this. Research continue to explore teacher educators, pre-service as well as in-service teachers’ feelings, opinions, experiences, frustrations and needs with regard to training, but it appears not to change practice drastically.
The aim of this symposium is to provide an update on international as well as national research advances with regard to teacher education on inclusive education. Furthermore, the symposium aims to provide opportunities for teacher educators at higher education institutions and teachers-in-practice to have discussions and establish networks on how to ensure that research on teacher education can change practice.
We are very privileged to have internationally, as well as nationally renowned, researchers on inclusive education who will do keynote presentations at this symposium:
Two workshops will be presented before the conference:
Workshop 1: Mixed method research
30 September 2015: 9.00-12.00
Workshop 2: Quantitative methods for longitudinal research (Prof. H. Savolainen)
30 September 2015: 13.30-16.00
The symposium takes place at the Quest Conference Centre in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Accommodation will be available at the conference centre as well as at a wide variety of guest houses in the area.
Teacher Education for Inclusion Symposium 2015
P O Box 1174