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Inclusive education: pre-service teachers' reflexive learning on diversity and their challenging role


Bentley-Williams, Robyn and Morgan, J, Inclusive education: pre-service teachers' reflexive learning on diversity and their challenging role, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (2) pp. 173-185. ISSN 1359-866X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1359866X.2013.777024


Today people from a wide range of socio-cultural backgrounds are entering the teaching profession. The changing profile of pre-service teachers prompted inquiry into personal and professional influences in understanding diversity and inclusive practices. Two teacher educators collaborated across Australian universities to explore reflexive practices in preparing pre-service teachers for their complex teaching roles in the twenty-first century. Modes of delivery were an on-campus Inclusive Education unit with situated learning opportunities in community settings and a fully online Inclusive Education unit. Findings revealed that reflexive learning was a key mediating strategy in expanding the participants' consciousness. Participants engaged in confronting assumptions, raising awareness of diverse learning needs and critiquing social justice principles and equity issues. By creating a supportive learning environment, teacher educators were able to shift pre-service teachers from mere acceptance of diversity to a commitment to ethical decision-making and quality inclusive education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:diversity, inclusive education, reflexive
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Morgan, J (Mrs Jenny Morgan)
ID Code:89097
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-02-25
Last Modified:2014-06-18

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