Special Educational Needs Empowerment Project for Pre-service Teachers

    Project: Research project

    Project Details

    Description

    This was a 2-year project to systematically and purposefully nurture committed EdUHK pre-service teachers to become competent special educational needs (SEN) teachers through a ‘horizontal’ (2,120 BEd students ) and ‘vertical’ ‘Service Learning Model’ (220 BEd students). Funded with the Lee Hysan Foundation and the UGC matching grant with total amount of 4.5 million, the project strengthened the University training in inclusive education, prepared Bachelor of Education (BEd) students for an SEN-focus career development, and provided them with the necessary service-learning exposure to meet the contextual needs and challenges in inclusive education development. A structured curriculum was developed, with an aim for the project content to be officially incorporated as one of University's credit-bearing Co-curricular Learning (CL) electives in the 2016/17 academic year. The resultant outcome did help the ‘Service Learning Model’ to be sustained by University Grants Committee (UGC) funding thereafter. In the activities of workshop training, seminars and services, over 2,600 SEN students, 600 SEN practitioners and over 10 Special Schools and NGOs were benefited in the process. The outcome was further dissemination in the local, regional and international conferences. With the successful experience, the mode of delivery was further supported by the UGC Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals (2016-19 Triennium: Special educational needs empowerment project for pre-service teachers to EdUHK and Hong Kong Baptist University (https://www.eduhk.hk/csenie/view.php?m=6005&secid=51706).
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date01/09/1431/08/16

    Keywords

    • Special needs training, Teacher empowerment, Pre=service teachers