Discourses of inclusion in initial teacher education: Unravelling a New Zealand ‘number eight wire’ knot
TATE Volume 25, Number 4 ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Institutional politics and diversity of ideological positions create challenges for teaching staff with polarised beliefs about inclusive education. This paper provides a methodological justification for a longitudinal study of the experience of developing an integrated ‘inclusive education’ curriculum in one initial teacher education programme. The research focus is on the day-to-day practicalities of how teacher education programme reform is attempted, rather than abstract theories about how it should take place. First, the paper considers why an ‘inclusive education’ approach is problematic. Second, the case narrative approach is explained. Finally, examples from two years of programme development are discussed.
O'Neill, J., Bourke, R. & Kearney, A. Discourses of inclusion in initial teacher education: Unravelling a New Zealand ‘number eight wire’ knot. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 25(4), 588-593. Elsevier Ltd.