Pre‐service teacher training and special educational needs in England 1970–2008: is government learning the lessons of the past or is it experiencing a groundhog day?

Alan Hodkinson
2009 European Journal of Special Needs Education  
Title Pre-service teacher training and special educational needs in England 1970England -2008 is government learning the lessons of the past or is it experiencing a groundhog day? Abstract The paper outlines the findings from a literature review of the English's government's response to the issue of training pre-service teachers in the delivery of effective special educational needs support. The Review's findings detail that although educational practice in mainstream classrooms has changed
more » ... oms has changed considerably since the 1970s the training of pre-service teachers with regards to special educational needs has seemingly changed very little. The paper argues that the government needs to radically re-think its policy of inclusion to ensure that a coherent plan is formulated which enables Higher Education Institutions' initial teacher training programmes to train students who are competent and confident in their abilities to work with children with special educational needs and/ or disabilities.
doi:10.1080/08856250903016847 fatcat:jx6obuuvlnfklmenkxzh6n5gcu