Lifelong Learn. 2021, 11, 59-74

Survey of In-Service Teacher Education in Slovakia Focused on Inclusive Education and Work with Pupils with Special Educational Needs

Zuzana Osvaldová, Veronika Vrabcová

Univerzita Mateja Bela, Pedagogická fakulta, Ružová 13, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, Slovenská republika

Received March 13, 2020
Accepted December 11, 2020

Nowadays, teachers encounter many students in schools that show different deviations from the norm; therefore, they need to know how to choose the right approach for the students. Teachers should be equipped with the pedagogical knowledge and skills that would enable them to adopt the most suitable method for each pupil. The survey aims to map the current offer of continuing professional development programmes in Slovakia and the Czech Republic for the teachers of lower secondary schools focused on inclusive education and work with students with special educational needs. Through a study of the relevant available documents, we found out that in the Slovak Republic, there are 14 certified educational programmes for lower secondary school teachers dealing with this issue, of which 10 are innovative, 3 updating and 1 of specialization nature. All programmes are part of formal education. In the Czech Republic, we have identified six educational programmes that address this issue.


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