Inclusive Education for All? WebQuest UC.EDU.1100 Roles & Responsibilities of the Educational Assistant Created By: Krystle Robinson firstname.lastname@example.orgIntroductionThe issue of Inclusive education remains to be a controversial topic amongeducators and parents alike. As Canadian society has moved toward a moreinclusive view of all individuals, so too have schools moved toward inclusion. In theschool context, Inclusion assumes that all children will be a part of the regularclassroom and given the same opportunity to learn as everyone else. Some suggestthat inclusion of special needs students detracts from the quality of learning onnon-special needs students.As a member of the educational team, paraprofessionals are responsible forsupporting individual students in their learning. It is important for theparaprofessional to be familiar with the concept of Inclusion and understand theimplications it has for your professional practice.So, the question is: What is Inclusion, why is it important and do you support oroppose inclusive education?
TaskAfter completing this webquest, you will be able to: Define the term “Inclusion” and why it is important Describe Manitoba Education’s Philosophy of Inclusion List the characteristics of an Inclusive school List the pros and cons to inclusion Identify your own position on Inclusive educationYour task after completing this webquest is to:1. Create a Visual Presentation that represents what inclusion is- using Microsoft Word,create a 5-6 page document using pictures, text, quotes and brief sentenceexplanations to depict, describe and represent visually what “Inclusion” is.2. Produce a written summary that identifies “YOUR” position on Inclusive Education,which you must defend. Do you support or oppose inclusive education and why? Whatare the limitations and benefits of inclusive education?3. Create a Word Cloud – select appropriate words to create a visual representation ofthe concept of Inclusion. (see further details in Process below)
ProcessResearch 1. Take a few minutes to review the following links that discuss different ideas on inclusive education in Canada. This piece promotes Canada’s vision for inclusive education and outlines the benefits and vision for inclusive education across Canada. http://www.inclusiveeducation.ca/documents/IncEd%20brochure%20Nat% 20Eng3.pdf http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/inclusion.html http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr034.shtml 2. The Centre for Inclusive Education has created a website dedicated to inclusive education. This site has information and resources for further investigation. Make note of the “inclusion defined” and “inclusive education news” pages, which provide valuable information about inclusive education in Canada and its history. http://www.edu.uwo.ca/inclusive_education/index.asp 3. Explore Manitoba Education’s Philosophy of Inclusion. All schools in Manitoba are expected to practice from this philosophy. This is located as item 1 when the web page loads. Along the left-hand side of the screen you can explore additional links regarding provincial legislation of appropriate educational programming. http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/specedu/aep/index.html 4. Read this brief news article from CTV news regarding the debate over the policy of inclusion in Manitoba schools. To the right of the screen, watch the brief video clip on this current debate. As you watch the video, record your thoughts on the following: what are the issues? What are the benefits and limitations of inclusions?
http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101116/wpg_inclusion_10111 6/20101116/?hub=WinnipegHome 5. Read the attached article from CBC news: Analysis & Viewpoint on School by Mary-Ellen Lang. Think about the following as you read it: does the author support inclusion and what issues does the author raise about inclusion? What are responding comments from readers? *See Attached Article 6. Watch the following video on the Inclusive Classroom. Make notes on what you observe. How do the students looks? Does inclusive education appear to be working? What do you see your role being in supporting inclusion? http://youtu.be/o5WCX-998vsCreateVisual Presentation 1. Open up a Word Document. 2. Open up Internet Explorer and go to www.google.ca 3. Based on your understanding of “inclusion” do a search for images that would visually represent your understanding. 4. Copy and paste them into your open word document. 5. You may also search for quotes and other text in addition to the images 6. Under each image, briefly describe how it represents the concept of inclusion 7. Your presentation should be between 5-6 pages and use a variety of pictures, texts, quotes with descriptions that clearly explain how this represents inclusion. 8. Save your document and submit it for marking.Reflective Position Summary 1. Open up a Word Document 2. Prepare a 1-2 page, minimum 500 word reflective summary based on your research findings from reading, viewing and representing the concept of inclusion from the above investigative learning activities. Your summary should clearly identify: a. What inclusion is b. whether you support or oppose inclusive education. c. You must provide support for your view by making reference to the readings/sites and videos viewed. 3. Edit and check your summary for: spelling, grammar and complete sentences. 4. Save your document and submit it for marking.
Word Cloud VisualYou are now going to create a “word cloud” using words related to theconcept of inclusion. Have some fun with this!! 1. Open Internet Explorer and go to: http://www.wordle.net/ 2. Click the link that says “create” your own. 3. In the textbox, type several (minimum 10) words related to and including the word “Inclusion”. (See example of what it will look like below). When you have entered all the words you want to use, CLICK “go”. 4. Wordle will generate an image that looks like the one above. You can now edit the font, layout and color BE CREATIVE!!! 5. When finished, print and save a copy for submission.EvaluationThis is how your work will be evaluated. Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary Score 0-2 3-5 6-8 9-10 Presentation Presentation use of text, uses limited incorporates images, Visual forms of text use of some quotes and PresentationPresentation and images. but not all with clear incorporates Descriptions are forms and descriptions few visuals not clear. Page descriptions related to the with unclear criteria is not are provided. concept of descriptions. met Presentations Inclusion and is 5 or less meets 5-6 pages page criteria Summary is Summary Summary underdeveloped, provides a exceeds or Summary lacking limited does not meet meets word definition, with definition of word count; count; Reflective limited inclusion; Definition of Inclusion is Summary understanding viewpoint is inclusion is clearly defined of viewpoint. not clearly provided. and viewpoint articulated Viewpoint is is articulated and no inconclusive and support is and not well supported. provided . supported. Individual has Less than 5 Use of atleast failed to identify words; words Use of 10 or 10 words; Wordle more than 2 not directly less words; words directly words. No related to words directly related to creative effort inclusion; related to inclusion; shown. minimal inclusion visually effort attractive;
ConclusionYou are finally finished!Reflect on your webquest journey. As we have discussed earlier in this assignment,your role as a paraprofessional is very important to the success of individual learnersand student programming in your school community. Whether or not you choose tosupport inclusion, it is the philosophy through which Manitoba schools must practiceand therefore we must be mindful of how inclusion will influence our professionalpractice in the classroom and in the school.As you have probably discovered from your “quest”, there are many viewpoints andperspectives to consider and think about, when we look at the concept of inclusion.These perspectives are all important in helping us formulate our own understanding ofthe topic and give us the ability to think about a topic from multiple angles. As a resultof your quest, what questions has it raised for you about inclusion? What implicationsdoes what you’ve learned have on your professional practice?Food for thought: If one does not strongly support inclusion, is it still possible to practiceas a paraprofessional in an inclusive school community? What challenges might youface?
WebQuest Teachers GuideAimThe aim of this webquest is to introduce students to the concept of inclusive education and thevarious perspectives surrounding this concept.RationaleThe objective of this webquest is, that upon completion, students will be able to define inclusiveeducation, identify the limitations and positive aspects of inclusive education, describe theimportance of inclusive education in the classroom and be familiar with Manitoba’ s philosophyof Inclusion. Students will use research skills, analytical and critical thinking skills and reflectionto develop a personal understanding of inclusion and create a written position statement onwhether they support or oppose inclusive education.LearnersThis webquest is aimed at students learning to become paraprofessionals in the EducationalAssistant Certificate Program, in the course UC.EDU.1100 Roles & Responsibilities of theEducational Assistant.PrerequisitesBefore completing this webquest, students should understand what a paraprofessional is and befamiliar with the role of the paraprofessional and have a basic understanding of the duties, rolesand responsibilities of the paraprofessional in the school.Subject MatterThis webquest primarily focuses on special education and the topic of inclusive education andinclusion of special needs students in the regular classroom.Goals and objectivesStudents should have gathered enough information by the time they have gone through thiswebquest to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the topic of inclusion and variousissues/controversies around the implementation and support of inclusion in Canadian schools.Instructional Plan 1. Before allowing the students to start working their way through the Webquest, the teacher should introduce the topic and outline any additional own objectives and expectations as to what you want your students to focus on.
2. Provide each student with a copy of the Webquest. It would be best to provide a printed and an electronic copy. 3. *Out of class assignment – if this is an out-of class assignment, provide an appropriate deadline that fits with the instructional schedule for the course. 4. *If this is scheduled as in-class assignment- pre book a computer lab for students to access the internet. Students can open the electronic copy of the Webquest and read it from the screen and click on the links to access the web sites. a. Time-line- for in-class, this webquest and assessment should be completed within 6- 1 hour periods. 5. This webquest is designed to be worked on, on an independent basis. Assessment Student assessment will be based three activities: Visual presentation Must be 5-6 pages long Must use a combination of text, quotations, pictures and other images Must represent the concept of inclusion Brief descriptions must accompany images to clearly identify meaning Reflective Summary Must be Produce a written summary that identifies position on Inclusive Education, which must be defended. Do you support or oppose inclusive education and why? What are the limitations and benefits of inclusive education? 1-2 pages, minimum 500 words summary should clearly identify: o What inclusion is o whether you support or oppose inclusive education. o You must provide support for your view by making reference to the readings/sites and videos viewed. Word Cloud Create a word cloud, using a minimum of 10 words related to Inclusion. Use the features of wordle to edit font, color and arrangmentsAssessment Rubric Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary Score 0-2 3-5 6-8 9-10 Presentation Presentation Presentation use of text, uses limited incorporates incorporates images,
Visual forms of text few visuals use of some quotes andPresentation and images. with unclear but not all with clear Descriptions are descriptions. forms and descriptions not clear. Page descriptions related to the criteria is not are provided. concept of met Presentations Inclusion and is 5 or less meets 5-6 pages page criteria Summary is Summary Summary underdeveloped, provides a exceeds or Summary lacking limited does not meet meets word definition, with definition of word count; count; Reflective limited inclusion; Definition of Inclusion is Summary understanding viewpoint is inclusion is clearly defined of viewpoint. not clearly provided. and viewpoint articulated Viewpoint is is articulated and no inconclusive and support is and not well supported. provided . supported. Individual has Less than 5 Use of atleast failed to identify words; words Use of 10 or 10 words; Wordle more than 2 not directly less words; words directly words. No related to words directly related to creative effort inclusion; related to inclusion; shown. minimal inclusion visually effort attractive;Total possible points: 30