Canadian article on improving teacher education for Spec Ed

March 13, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The March 2105 (vol. 50 (4)) issue of Intervention in School and Clinic  includes an article by Adam W. McCrimmon (University of Calgary) titled Inclusive Education in Canada: Issues in Teacher Preparation, pages 234-237.

In the article, McCrimmon reports that many teachers, working in inclusive/integrated/mainstreamed classrooms, feel unprepared, that they “do not feel that they possess the required expertise to effectively instruct students” (p 235). Research also indicates that teacher attitudes towards exceptional students improves positively with more years of experience and “that teacher knowledge and experience with childhood disabilities has been shown to dramatically enhance teacher self-efficacy and effectiveness” ( p. 235).

McCrimmon looked at course descriptions posted on the websites of faculties of education of the four largest Canadian universities and concluded that “none of the these programs appears to require teachers in training to be systematically exposed to definitions and/or descriptions of childhood disabilities in conjunction with mentored experience with research-informed effective classroom-based intervention practices” (p. 235).

Acknowledging the problem of the BEd curriculum already being at its maximum, McCrimmon suggests that “the provision of focused certificate programs that provide highly specialized training and experience with specific childhood disabilities to enhance teachers’ knowledge and capacity in the classroom” (p. 236) is one solution, and he describes the program offered by one Canadian university as a postgraduate certificate.

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