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Professional development and teacher aides in inclusive education contexts: where to from here?

Bourke, Patricia E. (2009) Professional development and teacher aides in inclusive education contexts: where to from here? International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13(8), pp. 817-827.

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Abstract

During the past ten years in Australia, teacher aides have been employed in mainstream schools as support personnel in special education intervention programs, and their numbers are increasing. At the same time workplace reform in relation to inclusive education is impacting on their employment and deployment in schools to support students with disabilities and learning difficulties. In Queensland, teacher aides have been offered formal career paths, with increased pay scales, based on the recognition and continuing attainment of qualifications or credentials. However, there is increasing recognition in the educational research community that professional development for any change, and especially the complex changes in culture needed for inclusive education, is about developing and managing a collaborative process of change through reflection on, learning about and sharing meanings and understandings about effective support of all students, in ways that value the diversities and celebrate the differences of the perspectives of the whole school community. How can we move the process of professional development for teacher aides forward? The experiences and knowledge that teacher aides already can have further inform this process of change through professional development.

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ID Code: 13307
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Inclusive education, Teacher aides, Mainstreaming, Professional development
DOI: 10.1080/13603110802128588
ISSN: 1464-5173
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 01:53

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