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ERIC Number: EJ906042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
A Powerful Glimpse from across the Table: Reflections on a Virtual Parenting Exercise
Scorgie, Kate
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v14 n7 p697-708 Nov 2010
Transformative learning occurs when students engage in activities that challenge formative assumptions about the world and how it works. The "Family Collaboration Portfolio" was designed as an interactive simulation exercise in which preservice professionals critically examined their assumptions of parenting a child with a disability through becoming the parent of a virtual child with a disability. Activities were based on interactive pedagogical strategies associated with transformative learning, such as case studies that involved the exploration of themes of power and disempowerment, engagement with feelings and emotion, reflective journaling and learning in relationship. Data from portfolio activities completed by students in three graduate education classes were analysed qualitatively. Findings suggest increased understanding of parents of children with disabilities and enhanced support for parent-professional collaboration within the educational environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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