This article reports on a study investigating the use of a matrix of perspectives as a tool for reflective practice for professionals working in the area of inclusive education. The matrix of perspectives is a framework that locates the two dimensions of learner and environment on a continuum from active to passive to illustrate different theories of learning and development. Professionals in a postgraduate special education course used the matrix of perspectives to analyze assessment and casework with learners who have diverse needs. Data was gathered via surveys, online discussion forums and journals on the value of using this framework as a tool to reflect on practice. Results indicated that the matrix of perspective facilitated an appreciation of different orientations in assessment and casework and enhanced collaborative and contextualized problem solving. Professionals reported the value of using this framework to challenge beliefs and practices, thus enabling an understanding of diverse perspectives in inclusive education.
|Keywords:||Diverse Perspectives, Reflective Practice, Inclusive Education|
Coordintor Post Graduate Special Education, School of Education at Albany, Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand
Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Ministry of Education/Special Education, New Zealand
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