Creating Inclusive Classrooms in the Pacific Region: Working in Partnership with Teachers in the Republic of Nauru to Develop Inclusive Practices
Instructional Collaboration in International Inclusive Education Contexts
ISBN: 978-1-83982-999-4, eISBN: 978-1-83982-998-7
Publication date: 7 December 2021
Inclusive education can be viewed as an ongoing active process or journey that is impacted by changes in policy, practices, and values (Anderson & Boyle, 2020). This “journey toward inclusion” is not always an easy undertaking, but rather a progression that requires modification to systems, structures, and functioning in schools. Nauru, a small Pacific republic situated in the Micronesian central Pacific Ocean, has worked in partnership with Australian education providers since 2011 to improve educational learning experiences for all Nauruan students. More recently, initiatives by the Nauru Government resulted in the commissioning of a national project to develop a Nauru policy on inclusive education and also to deliver professional development for teachers that would be needed to support inclusion. Inclusive education staff at the University of England, Australia, guided the development of the project which culminated in the Nauru Inclusive Education Policy and Guidelines (2017) (Page, 2018). From this policy, a series of workshops were delivered on unpacking the policy directions, guidelines, and roles and responsibilities for teaching staff in Nauru. This chapter describes the university staff who are working in collaboration with Nauruan teachers in order to develop their capacity to create inclusive classrooms. In doing so, we embraced approaches that incorporated culturally responsive practices into our work, using the framework of Ekereri (educational approaches that embody the core values of Nauruan culture) into our practices. With this chapter, we hope to further the understanding of how contextual factors influence the collaboration and implementation of educational partnerships between culturally distinctive groups of people.
Page, A., Anderson, J., Serow, P., Hubert, E. and O’Donnell-Ostini, A. (2021), "Creating Inclusive Classrooms in the Pacific Region: Working in Partnership with Teachers in the Republic of Nauru to Develop Inclusive Practices", Semon, S.R., Lane, D. and Jones, P. (Ed.) Instructional Collaboration in International Inclusive Education Contexts (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 17), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 7-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620210000017003
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