Collaborative practices for inclusive perspectives and beliefs in preservice teachers. The case of the training course for teachers for special needs students

Author/s Alessandra Romano
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2019/2 Language English
Pages 18 P. 19-36 File size 221 KB
DOI 10.3280/ERP2019-002002
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The article summarizes the methodological key-issues and the salient learning features of a training path designed to support special needs preservice teachers in their professional learning (Kennedy, Billett, Gherardi & Grealish, 2015). A qualitative case study was conducted to identify the collaborative intervention frames that contributed to fostering critical reflections that are considered transformational. The experience was conducted in an Italian university and involved the big classes of preservice teachers that, in the academic year 2016-2017, were engaged into mandatory laboratories within the Training Path for Qualifications as Special Needs Teachers. One hundred and forty preservice teachers participated in the laboratories. They were divided in groups and each laboratory included approximately forty-five participants. The laboratories aimed to leverage collaborative methodologies through the use of practice-based learning methods (Billett, 2015). Data were collected through in-depth interviews, questionnaire, informal observations and content analysis of narrative journals produced by participants during and at the end of the laboratories. Findings describe the preservice teachers-perceived transformations in their attitudes and beliefs about being inclusive teachers and change agents in schools, as well as collaborative methods they identified as key for development of inclusive mindsets.

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Alessandra Romano, Collaborative practices for inclusive perspectives and beliefs in preservice teachers. The case of the training course for teachers for special needs students in "EDUCATIONAL REFLECTIVE PRACTICES" 2/2019, pp 19-36, DOI: 10.3280/ERP2019-002002