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date: 22 October 2021

Preparation of German Special Educators for the 21st Centurylocked

Preparation of German Special Educators for the 21st Centurylocked

  • Rolf WerningRolf WerningLeibniz Universität Hannover
  •  and Myriam HummelMyriam HummelLeibniz Universität Hannover

Summary

The implementation of inclusive education in school systems creates new working conditions for all professionals. As a consequence, roles and responsibilities need to be redefined between general education teachers and special educators, and teacher education must be reformed to prepare professionals for the working environment they face in the 21st century. Three theoretical approaches guide the current discourse on teacher education. The competence theory approach focuses on the identification and acquisition of specific competencies. The structural theory approach stresses the importance of dealing with uncertainties and antinomies in the teaching profession. The professional biographical approach highlights the ongoing process of individual professionalization and includes biographical research. Taking the changing working environment into account, a three-pillar model is suggested for teacher education of future primary and secondary teachers, primary and secondary teachers with a focus on special education, and special educators as external support for schools.

Subjects

  • Professional Learning and Development
  • Education, Change, and Development
  • Educational Systems

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