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Embracing an Inclusive Practice in the Early Childhood Cycle - Educators' Perspectives

Authors: Christine Schembri, ,
  • Institute: Institute of Community Services
  • Symposium: Quality Pedagogy and Effective Learning
  • Day: 1 , Session: 2 , Location: Conference Hall 3
  • Session Type: Short 10 min (Early stage research) , Start: 11:45 , End: 12:00

Abstract

This research sets out to investigate the journey embarked by the Ministry for Education and several other local entities in publishing documents, laws, policies and frameworks relating to Inclusive Practice in Education. Throughout these last two decades, there was an enormous strive in Inclusion and Diversity issues as Malta had and still has several challenges relating to inclusion of several learners’ diverse needs in our schools. The main focus of this study will be on the ‘Policy on Inclusive Education in Schools Route to Quality’ and ‘National Inclusive Education Framework’, both published in 2019.

As a data gathering instrument, a questionnaire will be constructed, having a blend of both closed and open-ended questions. It will be disseminated to three randomly chosen state primary schools from all ten Colleges in Malta and Gozo. The participants will form part of the Early Childhood Cycle namely the Head of School, Assistant Head of School in charge of the Early Years, a Year 1 and Year 2 teacher and two Kindergarten Educators representing Kinder 1 and Kinder 2.

A data analysis will be carried out to identify how our State Schools in the Early Childhood Cycle are embracing Inclusive Practices within a wider spectrum of several learners’ diverse needs; how they are attaining these objectives; any barriers they might be encountering and recommendations put forward to achieve further goals.