Netherlands, Utrecht

Inclusion: Dealing with Special Needs in the Classroom

when 2 July 2012 - 6 July 2012
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 690

The successful implementation of any inclusive policy in education is largely dependent on the willingness of teachers in mainstream schools and educators to support inclusive education.
In the Netherlands, children with special educational needs (SEN) are increasingly being educated in mainstream school environments. Some teachers find it difficult to deal with the changing classroom population. Although there is a growing recognition that teachers need to be trained to become equipped to teach effectively in inclusive schools, less attention is paid to the influence of attitudes toward inclusive education. This course focuses on future teachers’ attitudes towards the inclusion of children with SEN.

Students will be introduced to the inclusion policy in education in the Netherlands. We provide a historical perspective on this topic and focus on students’ own personal teaching practices related to inclusive education. A field trip to a school of special education and to a mainstream school is implemented in the program. In workgroups, activities are implemented around the main question: What competences do general education teachers and special education teachers need to be competent inclusive teachers?

Course leader

J. van Dulmen (MSc)

Target group

Advanced bachelors/ beginning masters in the early stage of their study, with a background in (special) education or social care.
To follow this course successfully, you need to have a fair level of English (level B2)

Course aim

To introduce students to inclusive education in the Netherlands, and to focus on becoming competent inclusive teachers themselves.

Fee info

EUR 690: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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