Teacher Education for Inclusion: All stakeholders join hands

Belinda Bantham -- Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:21

Teacher Education for Inclusion: All stakeholders join hands

The Optentia research focus area on the Vaal Triangle Campus and the Faculty of Education Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting the 2nd Bi-Annual Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion in collaboration with De Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ontwikkelingsamenwerking en Technische Bijstand. 

The overarching theme of the symposium is: “Linking Research to Practice”, and will take place in Vanderbijlpark from 7-8 June 2017. 

Advancing teacher education for inclusion should follow a three tier collaborative approach with the following role-players joining forces: the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Higher Education and Training and education practitioners. Such collaborative efforts are essential to ensure the quality training of pre-service and in-service teachers to become fully inclusive in all that they teach. A key strategy for this will be to bring educators, researchers, practitioners and policy makers together to share knowledge and experience to ascertain a constructive way forward in class rooms and lecture halls. 

The keynote presentation will therefore cover national and international research, policy movements as well as best practices. 

The focus area is currently inviting the submission of abstracts with reference to the theme of the symposium: Teacher education:  Practitioners, academics and stakeholders joining hands. Paper presentations will be 15 minutes with a 10 minute discussion afterwards.

Interested experts may visit the website (www.optentia.co.za) to submit a summary or abstract of no more than 300 words on the presentation that they would like to deliver. Successful candidates will be notified of acceptance by the second week of April 2017.

The last date for submission of abstracts: 24 March 2017. Last date for registration to attend the Symposium: 8 May 2017.