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Inclusive Education: Socio-Psychological, Educational and Social Aspects
Start date: Oct 1, 2014, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context. The project is based on the provisions of UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education, Convention on the Rights of a Child, and UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Inclusion in Education. The Project objectives are related to the national goals of partner countries to develop inclusive education system and based on the recommendations from the project carried out by the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education in, “Teacher Education for Inclusion”, which express concern and encourage strengthening teacher preparedness to educate pupils with different needs, as well as on the research results of the researchers from partner countries that confirm the teachers’ insufficient preparedness and their lack of competence to accept this challenge. Objectives of the Project. The project objective is to contribute to ensuring equal opportunities for learners with different types of special needs (vulnerable groups) in socio-psychological, educational, and social terms. The consortium aims at supporting processes of strengthening the capacity of the education systems to reach out to all learners. In other words, to help ordinary schools to become more inclusive, which means to become better at educating all children in their communities. Number and profile of participants. The Project is implemented by 4 universities and 4 general schools from 4 European countries. (Legal partners 4 universities and 2 schools). The Universities: University of Lapland (Finland), University of Teacher Education Vienna (Austria), Pedagogical University of Cracow (Poland), Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (Lithuania). Each university has selected one school in their countries. The selection criteria were the following: the school has vast experience in inclusive education; the school community is ready to participate in scientific research and test the recommendations developed during the project in practice. The selected schools have very broad experience in implementing inclusive education. The schools: Zespol Szkol Ogolno ksztalcacych Integracyjnych Nr 1 (Poland), Vilnius “Versmė” Catholic Gymnasium (Lithuania), Teacher Training school of the University of Lapland (Finland) is part of University of Lapland and has the same PIC code as the university. See the pages University of Teacher Education Vienna will implement research in various schools which are not project partners depending on the goals of the research. Description of activities During the project implementation period, methodical recommendations for general schools implementing inclusive education will be developed. The researchers, together with school teachers, will develop recommendations that will be tested in the communities of partner schools. The research will be carried out in other schools of the countries too. Together with the researchers, the teachers will evaluate the efficiency of the recommendations, compare best practice in different countries, summarize and develop the final version of intellectual outcomes aimed at teachers of general schools, university researchers and policy makers. During the project implementation period, systemic project team meetings in conferences will take place (in each participating country). Invitations to participate in the conferences will include policy makers and researchers of higher education institutions as well as school teachers and students, the future teachers, of every country. After the conferences, familiarization of the project team with the best practice in the schools of the country is planned as well as project team work of analyzing and thoroughly planning the follow-up of every activity. Methodology to be used in carrying out the Project. The method of carrying out the Project is the exploration of best practices in different countries, their comparative analysis, preparation and publishing of scientific and methodical literature. The development and introduction of distance learning study course for teacher training and upgrading the qualification of practicing teachers. A short description of the results and impact envisaged and finally the potential longer term benefits. The intellectual outcomes will be developed with a lasting value in creating equal learning conditions to all pupils, training future teachers and developing inclusive education policy. During the project period, 4 scientific conferences will be organized and the following products developed: - Scientific study “Inclusive Education: Socio-Psychological, Educational and Social Aspects”; - Scientific article “Comparative Analysis of the Perception of Inclusive Education: Lithuania, Poland, Austria, and Finland”; - Scientific article "Successful Aspects of Inclusive Education in Four European Countries: Teachers’ Approach"; - Recommendations on Inclusive Education. - Study course “Inclusive Education Implementation in Schools”.
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