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Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial

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TOLEDO, Elizabete Humai de  and  VITALIANO, Célia Regina. Teacher education through collaborative research toward the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities. Rev. bras. educ. espec. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.2, pp.319-336. ISSN 1413-6538.

This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a training program for teachers in State School of Basic Education II of the State of Paraná, in order to facilitate the process of inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Theoretical assumptions were based on the fundamentals of the inclusion movement, especially in relation to inclusive teaching practices. The method was based on the systematization of collaborative research. The participants were two teachers each with a student diagnosed with ID in one of the classes they taught. The procedures for data collection were conducted in three phases: 1) The teachers were asked about their knowledge about the process of including students with ID and observations of classroom practices were performed. 2) Intervention procedures were developed (seminars on the process of educational inclusion; reflexive analysis of pedagogical practices developed during class; and researcher participation in the classroom, helping out with students with ID). 3) An interview with the participants was conducted to evaluate the procedures that had been developed. The results showed improvements in the quality of inclusion of students with ID and expansion of theoretical and practical knowledge about inclusive education for the teachers. It was also shown that collaborative work between regular teachers and specialist teachers in special education is effective in promoting the process of including students with ID.

Keywords : Special Education; Training Service; Education Inclusion; Intellectual Disabilities; Continuing teacher development.

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