Teacher Education for Inclusion
Project activities are focussed up the training of mainstream, general teachers and how they are prepared to work in inclusive settings with the initial training phase as a priority. The essential question for consideration is: how mainstream teachers are prepared via their initial training to be 'inclusive'.
The following Agency member countries are participating in project activities: Austria, Belgium (Flemish/French), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (England), UK (Northern Ireland), UK (Scotland) and UK (Wales).
In order to put the Agency project activities into a wider context, an extensive review of literature has been undertaken and two documents are now available:
- a review of international policy statements impacting upon teacher education. This document presents information on documents, reports and project write-ups from key international organisations: mainly the European Council, Parliament and Commission, UNESCO, OECD and the Council of Europe.
- a review of international research literature in the field of teacher education generally and teacher education for inclusion specifically. The review has been developed with input from representatives of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, UNESCO International Bureau of Education and OECD-CERI. Most importantly, a review of research information has been conducted by experts from 18 countries participating in the Agency project and this is also included in the review document.
A country study visit was held in Borås in May 2010 with representatives from nine countries.