Teacher education in New Zealand: Perpetuating or rejecting ‘special’ education?
Gill Rutherford, PhD, University of Otago
Monday 12th October, 16:30, Stoddart-7513a
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This seminar provides an overview of the work being done in a New Zealand teacher education programme to reveal and contest the hegemony of ‘special’ education ideology and tacit dichotomising of students as ‘normal’ or ‘special needs.’ Drawing from the theoretical frameworks of Disability Studies and Childhood Studies, student teachers are offered alternative ways of knowing that privilege the experiences of students who are routinely marginalized, in the hope that these counter-hegemonic narratives will foster more respectful understandings of every student’s inherent worth, competence and rights. Student teachers’ work to date conveys promise that some may enter the profession unfettered by the shadow of special, and imbued with a commitment to teach and learn with all students, irrespective and respectful of difference.
Gill Rutherford, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Education and Disability Studies
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
A former high school teacher, Gill currently works in teacher education at the University of Otago, New Zealand. The overarching focus of her research, teaching and professional work is Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. Particular interests include the school experiences and perspectives of disabled students; student rights; the role of teacher aides in schools; student and qualified teachers’ thinking about disability; and inclusive teacher education.
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