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Exploring biographies : the educational journey towards becoming inclusive educators of children with disabilities

Bentley-Williams, Robyn,

Academic Literature

2005

The current study explored the formative processes of twelve student teachers constructing

role understandings in the context of their experiences and interactions with people with

disabilities. In particular, it examined the participants’ changing notions of self-as-teacher and their unfolding perceptions of an inclusive educator’s role in teaching children with

disabilities. The research aimed to investigate personal and professional forms of knowledge

linked with the prior subjective life experiences of the student teachers and those arising from

their interactions in situated learning experiences in community settings.

The data reveal the participants’ engagement in the community experiences facilitated their awareness of wider socio-cultural educational issues, while focusing their attention on more appropriate inclusive teaching and learning strategies.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : PhD Doctorate, the University of Sydney

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education

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