The R&D Community on Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (INSEN) aims to raise teacher educators’ and education systems’ awareness on discrimination in education, both in Europe and elsewhere.
Any minority group can suffer from such discrimination, including those with impairments and special educational needs. In this context, we promote the social model of disability and aim towards the development of inclusive schools and classrooms.
We promote dialogue between teacher educators who want to improve attitudes, knowledge, and skills that facilitate the development of inclusive cultures, policies and practices in schools. By doing so, we also push innovative pedagogical approaches that enable any student to grow and learn.
QUESTIONS OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
MINORITY ETHNIC PUPILS
Prof Mette Borga (Norway), together with the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Tartu in Estonia, coordinated a project from 2001 to 2004. The project resulted in a course booklet and manual on “questions of equal opportunities for minority ethnic pupils”.
DIFFERENTIATED TEACHING MODULE FOR
Paul A. Bartolo (Malta), together with the Universities of Amsterdam, Dalarna , Leipzig, and Manchester, as well as the Marijampole College and the NGO Motivace in the Czech Republic, coordinated the Comenius Project “DTMp: Differentiated Teaching Module for Primary Education: Preparing trainee teachers to respond to pupil diversity” (2004-2007). The project produced a set of materials including “Responding to student diversity: Teacher’s handbook”, which is available in seven languages.
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