The impact of a college course where pre-service teachers and peers with intellectual disabilities study together
This article describes how 12 pre-service teachers who participated in an inclusive liberal learning understood their experience. The analysis of interviews with these pre-service teachers suggests that they emerged from the course with a commitment to the idea that students with intellectual disabilities have a right to a challenging liberal education. Most emerged with a stronger commitment to inclusive teaching practice and felt that the use of small group activities and discussions was the best way to build classroom community, create relationships among participants, and maximize learning. All of the interviewed pre-service teachers considered this course a positive academic experience.
Carroll, S., Petroff, J., & Blumberg, R. (2009). The impact of a college course where pre-service teachers and peers with intellectual disabilities study together. Teacher Education and Special Education, 32(4), 351-364.