First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion

Call for Abstracts and Invitation to Register

Over the past two decades the notion of including and educating learners with diverse educational needs in mainstream schools has shaped developments in education across the world. Dealing with a diversity of needs in an inclusive educational environment, however, seems to remain difficult for teachers. A lack of appropriate training is reported worldwide by teachers as a fundamental cause for this. Research continue to explore teacher educators, pre-service as well as in-service teachers’ feelings, opinions, experiences, frustrations and needs with regard to training, but it appears not to change practice drastically. 


The aim of this symposium is to provide an update on international as well as national research advances with regard to teacher education on inclusive education. Furthermore, the symposium aims to provide opportunities for teacher educators at higher education institutions and teachers-in-practice to have discussions and establish networks on how to ensure that research on teacher education can change practice.


We are very privileged to have internationally, as well as nationally renowned, researchers on inclusive education who will do keynote presentations at this symposium:


Prof. Elizabeth Kozleski (University of Kansas, United States of America)
Prof. Rolf Werning (University of Leibniz, Germany)
Prof. Petra Engelbrecht (North-West University, South Africa)
Prof. Hannu Savolainen (University of University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Dr. Elizabeth Walton (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Prof. Mirna Nel (North-West University, South Africa)



Teacher education for inclusive education in Germany
Teacher education for inclusive education in the United States of America
Teacher education for inclusive education in England and Palestine
Teacher education for inclusive education in Finland
Teacher education for inclusive education in South Africa
Networking and collaboration


Two workshops will be presented before the conference:


Workshop 1: Mixed method research

30 September 2015:  9.00-12.00


Workshop 2: Quantitative methods for longitudinal research (Prof. H. Savolainen)

30 September 2015: 13.30-16.00


The Symposium Venue

The symposium takes place at the Quest Conference Centre in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Accommodation will be available at the conference centre as well as at a wide variety of guest houses in the area. 


Key Information

Teacher Education for Inclusion Symposium 2015
North-West University
P O Box 1174

Tel: +27 (016) 9103410 (Lynn Booysen)
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