Preparing an Inclusive Future: Culturally Accessible e-Learning for Teachers of Children with Disabilities

By Vanessa Silla, Tim Hobbs and Weiqun Wang.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Inclusive education is a transnational phenomenon and children with disabilities in many countries are routinely educated in the company of non-disable peers. Inclusive outcomes are more common when supported by national mandates, enriched resources and best-practice teacher training; and less common in locations where national mandates do not exist, resources are scarce, and teacher training is limited. Teachers in these settings often exert great effort, and accomplish much, on behalf of their students with disabilities. They do so despite serious economic and social challenges and limited access to best-practice training. E-learning offers considerable opportunities for these teachers and the children they serve. The following is a summation of research to identify and prioritize informational needs of teachers of children with disabilities in transnational settings. Outcomes will be used to prepare culturally accessible e-learning materials and minimize common ethnocentric limitations of online training for teachers in regions where comparable information is not readily available.
“While there is no panacea for eliminating cultural misunderstanding, we can cultivate competence in order to communicate despite our differences.” (Bennett & Salonen, 2007, p.48).

Keywords: e-Learning, Inclusive Education, International Education, Special Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp.65-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.048KB).

Dr. Vanessa Silla

Professor, Education Department, University of Scranton, Scranton, USA

I am a faculty member engaged in teacher preparation, research and service in Scranton Pennsylvania USA. I have a particular interest in education of children with autism and a longstanding commitment to best-practice teacher education. I am currently engaged in reserch regarding international issues and teacher preparation, autism and narrative comprehension, and the Gaskin Settlement. I welcome related partnerships and collaboration. Vanessa Silla.

Dr. Tim Hobbs

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Troy University, Troy, USA

I currently teach and prepare special and collaborative educators at Troy University in Alabama USA; have previously taught children with disabilities in classrooms, schools and residential centers; and have a history of successful publication and grant writing. I am particularly interested in international challenges associated with educating children with disabilities; and am pleased to collaborate with others with similar interests.

Dr. Weiqun Wang

Associate Professor, Soochow University, China

Dr. Wang is a science educator with a longstanding interest in the needs of exceptional student populations. She has a particular research interest in science education for gifted students.

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