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Opening Up Opportunities: Trainee Teachers Experiences of Teaching Pupils with Visual Impairment

Dunn, H (2023) Opening Up Opportunities: Trainee Teachers Experiences of Teaching Pupils with Visual Impairment. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 42 (4). pp. 503-621. ISSN 1476-8062

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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) secondary art and design trainees facilitated an art education project for pupils at a specialist school for visual impairment (VI) in the Northwest of England. This paper focuses on the ways in which the art education project was designed to better prepare PGCE trainees for working with pupils with VI. There is an exploration of a series of reflections at the end of the art education project and again upon completion of the PGCE course. Feedback provided by PGCE trainees indicated the ways they were able to transfer the skills learnt regarding teaching pupils with VI into practice, as they embark upon their careers. Existing literature highlights variation across initial teacher training (ITT) in relation to what is taught regarding special educational needs, this is generally due to time constraints on one year ITT courses. The findings indicate these experiences have implications for practice. through following their journey, initially PGCE trainees were apprehensive about working with pupils with VI. However, facilitating the art education project enabled PGCE trainees to become more confident working with pupils. PGCE trainees were able to develop as teachers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1203 Design Practice and Management; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts; Education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV888 Children with disabilities
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Wiley
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2024 14:53
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 11:24
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/jade.12483
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22872
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