Inclusion and the Role of the Special Education Teacher
I have been involved in a study that has looked at the impact of inclusive practices on the transition from school into community for high school students with intellectual disabilities. This project garnered the perspectives of all individuals and stakeholders and has yielded a unique case study. Future work will explore inclusion as young adults with intellectual disabilities transition into workplace settings.
As a member of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education, I have been involved in a cross-provincial study of the preparedness of teacher candidates for the inclusive classroom. I will be a part of a research team that will be investigating the transition of an entire school board into an inclusive model of service provision.
Through the lens of Complexity Theory, I have completed a post hoc analysis of special education teachers as a professional development collective. This collective of several beginning and experienced special education teachers was formed as a by-product when they implemented an assessment-to-intervention resource.