Inclusive education in Aotearoa : what are we doing in initial teacher education, professional learning and development? : Final report to NZCCS. School of Professional Development, Christchurch College of Education.
The impetus for the project came from ongoing conversations with parents, educators, and members of the NZCCS National Services Leadership Team: How could we work to make schools and classrooms better for disabled students, their families and whanau, and their teachers? Families and teachers had reported that they continued to experience resistance to disabled students participating in regular classrooms. In this project, we wanted to understand what teachers could mean when they said “But we weren’t trained to do this.” This led us to considering teachers’ experiences throughout their learning; during initial teacher education, and ongoing professional learning and development. We were also alerted to the importance of the understandings and experiences of the teacher educators and professional development leaders and advisors.