ERIC Number: EJ922795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
The Lost Kuwait Initiative: The Failure Has Come from Within
Al-Hilawani, Yasser A.
Journal of International Special Needs Education, v14 n1 p40-48 2011
A conference titled "Preparing Special Education Teachers in Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Programs, Models, and Exemplary Field Experiences" was organized by College of Education at Kuwait University between April 11-13, 2010. This conference was intended to lead to a better teacher preparation program in the region in the area of mild and moderate disabilities. Government representatives attended the conference. But unlike the previous 2006 conference, only a few postsecondary educators, educational specialists, teachers, administrators, parents, and concerned citizens were present to address the subject of preparing teachers for mild and moderate disabilities. The lack of attendance was obvious in all sessions and workshops. Issues proposed to be addressed including the philosophy of inclusion, teachers' characteristics, standards for designing teacher preparation programs in mild and moderate disabilities, needed services, curriculum, effective teaching, and partnership with civic and community organizations. During the course of this conference, critical issues emerged that tainted the whole conference with exclusionary practices. Contrary to the official conference recommendations which were worded broadly and vaguely, opinions and recommendations solicited after the conference revealed inefficiencies and disorganization.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Disabilities, Field Experience Programs, Foreign Countries, Special Education Teachers, Community Organizations, Schools of Education, Higher Education, Conferences (Gatherings), Teacher Education, Mild Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation
Division of International Special Education and Services, Council for Exceptional Children. 2900 Crystal Drive Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22202. Tel: 888-232-7733; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cec.sped.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Kuwait