A Matrix of Perspectives as a Tool for Reflective Practice in Inclusive Education

By Mandia Mentis, Jean Annan and Jo Bowler.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.133-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.877MB).

Dr. Mandia Mentis

Coordintor Post Graduate Special Education, School of Education at Albany, Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Mandia Mentis is a registered psychologist and coordinator of the post-graduate Special Education Program at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research interests include inclusive education, e-learning and differentiated teaching and assessment.

Jean Annan

Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Jean Annan is registered psychologist and coordinator of the Educational Psychology Program at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the theoretical foundations of educational psychology practice and the development of conceptual tools for interactive practice.

Jo Bowler

Ministry of Education/Special Education, New Zealand

Dr. Jo Bowler is a registered psychologist working with children with challenging behavior within the Ministry of Education/Special Education.

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