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This Agency project set out to examine the essential skills, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and values needed by everyone entering the teaching profession. The presentation compiled the recommendations from the project whose main question was: How are all teachers prepared via their initial education to be inclusive?

The Profile of Inclusive Teachers is an outcome of this project. This presentation briefly describes the four core values relating for teaching and learning, as well as main areas of teacher competence.

For more information, visit the project's web area: www.european-agency.org/agency-projects/teacher-education-for-inclusion

This Agency project set out to examine the essential skills, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and values needed by everyone entering the teaching profession. The presentation compiled the recommendations from the project whose main question was: How are all teachers prepared via their initial education to be inclusive?

The Profile of Inclusive Teachers is an outcome of this project. This presentation briefly describes the four core values relating for teaching and learning, as well as main areas of teacher competence.

For more information, visit the project's web area: www.european-agency.org/agency-projects/teacher-education-for-inclusion

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Teacher Education for Inclusion project

  1. 1. Teacher Education for Inclusion TE4I project
  2. 2. The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education The Agency is an independent organisation that acts as a platform for collaboration for its 29 member countries, working towards ensuring more inclusive education systems. The Agency’s mission is to help member countries improve the quality and effectiveness of their inclusive provision for all learners. For more information visit: www.european-agency.org
  3. 3. The TE4I Project Participants • The TE4I project ran between 2009 and 2012 • 25 Agency member countries participated in the project • 55 experts took part in activities:  SNE specialist teacher educators and policy makers  Mainstream teacher educators and policy makers • Representatives of OECD and UNESCO and the European Commission DG-EAC Schools Unit
  4. 4. TE4I project aims • To address the essential project question: How are all teachers prepared via their initial education to be inclusive? • To examine the essential skills, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and values needed by everyone entering the teaching profession • To provide information on best policy and practice to support the development of TE4I • To develop a Profile of Inclusive Teachers
  5. 5. Project Recommendations (1) • Effective approaches to improve the recruitment of teacher candidates and increase retention rates should be explored along with ways to increase the number of teachers from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities • Research should be undertaken on the effectiveness of different routes into teaching and the course organisation, content and pedagogy to best develop the competence of teachers to meet the diverse needs of all learners
  6. 6. Project Recommendations (2) • The profession of teacher educators needs to be further developed with improvements in recruitment, induction and continuing professional development • Schools and teacher education institutions must work together to ensure good models in practice schools and appropriate placements for teaching practice
  7. 7. Project Recommendations (3) • Wider, systemic reform is needed to ensure the development of inclusive schools, to support the development of teacher education for inclusion • Reform must include clarification of the language that is used when referring to inclusion and diversity • Policies should be introduced to develop a ‘continuum of support’ to allow teachers to meet the full diversity of learner needs • Accountability measures that impact upon teachers’ work should reflect the importance of wider achievements that are more closely aligned to inclusive principles.
  8. 8. The Profile of Inclusive Teachers • Requested by Agency country representatives – what are the necessary competences required of all teachers? • Developed as a guide for the design and implementation of ITE programmes for all teachers – not a script for ITE content • Should be considered stimulus material for identifying relevant content, planning methods and specifying desired learning outcomes for ITE • Guiding principle: inclusion is a principled, rights-based approach to education underpinned by a number of central values
  9. 9. The Profile Model • Four core values relating to teaching and learning have been identified as the basis for the work of all teachers in inclusive education: Valuing Learner Diversity; Supporting All Learners; Working with Others; Personal Professional Development • These core values are associated with areas of teacher competence • For each area of competence identified, the essential attitudes, knowledge and skills that underpin them are presented
  10. 10. Areas of competence These are made up of three elements: • attitudes • knowledge • skills A certain attitude or belief demands certain knowledge or level of understanding and then skills in order to implement this knowledge in a practical situation
  11. 11. Valuing Learner Diversity Learner difference is considered as a resource and an asset to education: • Conceptions of inclusive education • The teacher’s view of learner difference
  12. 12. Supporting All Learners Teachers have high expectations for all learners’ achievements: • Promoting the academic, social and emotional learning of all learners • Effective teaching approaches in heterogeneous classes
  13. 13. Working with Others Collaboration and teamwork are essential approaches for all teachers: • Working with parents and families • Working with a range of other educational professionals
  14. 14. Personal Professional Development Teaching is a learning activity and teachers take responsibility for their lifelong learning: • Teachers as reflective practitioners • Initial teacher education as a foundation for on-going professional learning and development
  15. 15. Project outputs All project results can be found on the project web area: www.european-agency.org/agency-projects/teacher-education-for- inclusion • The Profile of Inclusive Teachers • Project recommendations linked to sources of evidence • Teacher Education for Inclusion across Europe. Challenges and Opportunities synthesis report • Policy review and international literature review • Country reports and a country information database
  16. 16. More information www.european-agency.org European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education Østre Stationsvej 33 DK-5000 Odense C Denmark secretariat@european-agency.org This publication has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. The Lifelong Learning Programme ran between 2007 and 2013.

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  • : a certain attitude or belief demands certain knowledge or level of understanding and then skills in order to implement this knowledge in a practical situation

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