Learning through creating stories: developing student teachers understanding of the experiences of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms

J. Jarvis, J. Dyson, K. Thomas, S. Graham, A. Iantaffi, H. Burchell

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the roles of story in the training of teachers in the field of special education. It describes and evaluates a project that promoted the learning of student teachers both through hearing stories and writing stories themselves. The students combined their existing knowledge of schools and children with newly researched knowledge of an identified special need to create a story about the experiences of a pupil with special needs. The quality of work produced in this course, and the expressed changes in attitude suggest that story not only engages and motivates but also has the power to produce a deep level of understanding and a clear link with practice, with consequent potential for professional development and social action.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcs British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2004
    PublisherBritish Educational Research Association
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventBritish Educational Research Association Annual Conf - Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 16 Sept 200418 Sept 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceBritish Educational Research Association Annual Conf
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityManchester
    Period16/09/0418/09/04

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