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Australian teachers and the provision of professional development courses in literacy and numeracy for students with disabilities and learning difficulties

van Kraayenoord, C. E., Elkins, J., Palmer, C., Rickards, F., Colbert, P.,

Academic Literature

2002

The policy of the Federal Government in Australia is one of the inclusion of students with disabilities and learning difficulties into regular schools. Given this position, it is important that teacher education programs provide prospective teachers with the knowledge and skills to work with diverse range of learners. Also, as Australian classrooms become more inclusive it is important that classroom teachers are provided with ongoing professional development related to inclusive practices. To date, there has been no systematic attempt to obtain information about the provision of teacher development programs and courses in the areas of disability and learning difficulties in Australia. The study reported in this article set out to close the knowledge gap in teacher education by establishing the provision of professional development for Australian teachers, specifically the delivery of career development courses in literacy and numeracy and about students with disabilities.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Literacy Learning : The Middle Years

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education

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