The A School for All project has come to an end. We thank all who took part and showed interest in inclusive education! (4.3.2015)
The Conference publication is now available (20.1.2015)
The Conference publication Voices from the North: Calling for Inclusion in education is now published. It can be found under 'Publications and Results' tab, which is on the left of the page. The publication presents a collection of papers on theory and practice of inclusive education that were presented in the conference on April 2014.
The opening of the Resource Centre in Arkhangelsk (18.11.2014)
A Resource Centre for supporting inclusive education is now established in Arkhangelsk, Russia. The opening ceremony was held on 5.11.2014. The regional Resource Centre of Inclusive Education is a unique multipurpose facility. It will serve the needs of people with special educational needs who study at the university, and who will become future special education teachers and inclusive education teachers. In addition, it will provide distance learning facilities for people with disabilities, as well as professional development courses for teachers of the region.
The Centre is equipped with assistive devices for students with visual, hearing, speech and physical impairments. This equipment adapts informational environment for the users with disabilities and provides them with access to the Scientific Library. The Centre consist of a methodological room, relaxing room, play & study room for children and a small meeting room that can be used for training events. In addition, a Child Development Centre is connected to the Resource Centre serving as a development area for all children to play and study together.
Voices from the North: Calling for Inclusion in Education Conference in Rovaniemi (4.6.2014)
As a part of the project, an international conference Voices from the North: Calling for Inclusion in Education was held at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi on 10th - 11th April 2014. The conference gathered together researchers, administrators and practitioners involved in developing inclusion in their work.
The two-day conference addressed inclusive education from the theoretical and practical points of view: Thursday’s programme was particularly directed to researchers and administrators and Friday’s programme to schools, teachers and early childhood educators.
The conference addressed three thematic areas:
1) What accounts for inclusive education? In this theme different understandings of the concept of inclusive education and values related to inclusion in education were debated. Perspectives to the debate may come from different approaches to inclusive education.
2) (Teacher) education for inclusion. This theme focuses on theoretical approaches and practical examples, as well as administrative issues, of addressing and responding to diversity in the sites of education across educational levels.
3) Working towards inclusive schools. This theme was explored through experiences in schools.
Keynote speeches were given by Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education, Moray House School of Education, the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom and Dr Tarja Seppälä-Pänkäläinen, a school principal whose mission is to enhance school staff competencies in responding to learner diversity.
The Benchmarking Report of Inclusive Education is now published (18.12.2013)
Learning from Our Neighbours: Inclusive Education in the Making is now published as a part of the project. The publication represents different aspects of inclusion in education and it opens up the diverse ways inclusion is being approached. It also features some instructive examples of how to implement it in the school world. The publication is compiled by Essi Kesälahti and Sai Väyrynen
The publication is based on benchmarking visits carried out by the project participants. The purpose of the visits to schools and universities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Russia and Finland was to learn from each other’s practices. A particular attention was also given to different ways of understanding inclusion, to the legislative basis of inclusion and to teacher education in these countries. The project participants wrote reports on these visits and this publication is an extended compilation and elaboration of those reports.
This publication is directed to professionals involved in the field of education; to teachers, teacher students, teacher educators and generally for everyone interested in inclusion.
The publication can be found under 'Publications and Results' tab, which is on the left of the page.
News on 21.5.2013
One of the main activities in the project is to exchange knowledge and good practices on the field of inclusive education in research, in teacher education and everyday practices on the school level.
This activity is put into action by doing benchmarking visits and by studying the practices and theoretical background of inclusive education. It is important for further development of inclusive education activities of the project.
The project participants have now done the benchmarking visits to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Russia and Finland. A report of these visits is on the making at the moment.