Through the eyes of inclusion: an evaluation of video analysis as a reflective tool for student teachers within special education

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The role of special education teachers is currently facing an exten- sive renewal process closely related to the professional transition from a narrow understanding of special education, rooted in the deficit paradigm, to a broader vision of inclusion as a whole-school and community action. Within such a process, student teachers’ professional development in special education plays a crucial role. Studies on this topic underline how student teachers’ beliefs and attitudes regarding inclusive education deeply affect their future teaching activity. Research shows that, while student teachers usually agree with the principles of inclusive teaching, they are much less sure of how to implement those principles in their teaching practice. By assessing the breadth of the gulf between ideals and practice, my investigation emphasises how the video analysis of simulated lessons carried out by student teachers can contribute to a positive change in student teachers’ attitudes towards inclusion in school. Such a change would help student teachers develop a reflective stance that would strengthen their ability to transform inclusive principles into everyday educational practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Teacher Education
Pages (from-to)110-126
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Inclusion; special education teachers; video analysis; attitudes; beliefs

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