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"I Never Imagined I'd Have to Teach These Children" : Providing Authentic Learning Experiences for Secondary Pre-Service Teachers in Teaching Students with Special Needs

Jobling, Anne, Moni Karen, B.,

Academic Literature

2004

This article seeks to describe a collaborative and cross‐curricula initiative aimed to provide pre-service teachers with experiences that would assist them to develop their knowledge and skills to teach students with special needs in their classrooms.These experiences were undertaken in the authentic teaching and learning context of a post‐school literacy program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. In preliminary interviews pre‐service teachers revealed that they lacked experience, knowledge and understanding related to teaching students with special needs, and felt that their teacher education program lacked focus in this field. This project was developed in response to these expressed needs. Through participating in the project, pre‐service teachers’ knowledge and understanding about working with students with diverse learning needs were developed as they undertook real and purposeful tasks in an authentic context.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education

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