ERIC Number: EJ1089951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Moving toward Inclusion: Inclusion Coaches' Reflections and Discussions in Supporting Educators in Practice
Wlodarczyk, Kathy Ann; Somma, Monique; Bennett, Sheila; Gallagher, Tiffany L.
Exceptionality Education International, v23 n3 p55-73 2015
When school systems and administrations provide educators with opportunities to engage in transformative learning through reflective practice and provide opportunities to challenge their beliefs, educator pedagogy for inclusive education can be enhanced (Evans, 1997; Pyha¨lto¨ et al., 2012; Richardson, 1998). Our research examined the experiences of 11 inclusion coaches while they provided support and built capacity for 38 educators during a change in special education service delivery, seeking insight into the effectiveness of this coaching model. Coaches' experiences were shared during semi-focused group discussions and via an online blog. Qualitative analysis revealed coaches' roles in this context were influenced by their personal expectations, personal growth, support for one another, and support for respective educators. The findings from this research are pivotal for pedagogy and teaching philosophy in inclusion.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Coaching (Performance), Teacher Attitudes, Transformative Learning, Reflection, Reflective Teaching, Capacity Building, Educational Change, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Instructional Effectiveness, Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, Expectation, Professional Development, Barriers, Teacher Role, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada