Some Reflections on Inclusive Education: Teacher Preparation Prof. Dr. Simon H. Haskell Conference on Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities Moscow, 27-29 September 2011 A time traveller looking back What historians advise their pupils to do Setting things in context Explore different perspectives Today’s concerns Never to repeat the history of neglect and shame Awareness of the history of inclusive education Respect and acceptance of human diversity Provide appropriate resources and skilled teaching Competent Teachers Are prepared to deal with full array of learning requirements Acquire knowledge and skills Have an appropriate grasp of curriculum and assessment practices Are responsive to the needs of all children Some burning issues How can we achieve educational goals for all children while respecting their diversity? What is inclusive education really about if it cannot be reduced to location? How can we avoid the stigma surrounding difference – a danger that lies in denying differences as well as in recognising them? Teacher education For what understanding of difference do we need to prepare teachers? Experience the power of learning through shared experiences with peers Ideology or practice? Shared knowledge or complementary knowledge? Strengthen teachers – build communities of practice How to face the challenge How can we live happily and yet not annoy God? Process or goal? … concluding with words from Tolstoy… Thank you for your kind attention!