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Teacher education for inclusion in Europe

  • Verity Donnelly
  • Amanda Watkins
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Abstract

Teacher education issues are high on the policy agenda across Europe. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006) is gaining momentum and providing a force for change, supported by many communications both internationally and at European level that recognize how central education is in efforts to develop a more equitable society. In moving towards a more inclusive education system, there is a need to train all teachers to meet the diverse needs of all learners in their classrooms and to work collaboratively with colleagues. Drawing on key documents, this article outlines the policy context and reviews the available evidence supporting the move towards teacher education for inclusion across Europe. It presents the work of the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, to highlight some of the opportunities and challenges within its member countries in addressing teacher education for inclusion.

Keywords

Teacher education Inclusion European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Agency for Development in Special Needs EducationOdense CDenmark

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