Teacher Education for the Changing Demographics of Schooling

Issues for Research and Practice

  • Lani Florian
  • Nataša Pantić

Part of the Inclusive Learning and Educational Equity book series (ILEE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Key Issues for Teacher Education

  3. Teacher Agency

  4. Teacher Education for Diversity

  5. A Research Agenda for the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-241

About this book


The book takes as its premise the argument that diverse learner groups are a fact of demographic change that should be considered foundational in the preparation of teachers rather than be problematized as a challenge. It promotes the idea of teacher education for inclusive education based on a consideration of what it means to educate all children together. Divided into four parts, the book considers key issues for teacher education, teacher agency, teacher education for diversity, and a research agenda for the future.

In today’s world, the demographic profile of students in schools is more complex than ever before, and the increasing cultural, linguistic and developmental diversity of today’s classrooms, along with the pressure to achieve high academic standards for everybody has significant implications for how classroom teachers should be prepared to meet these demands. This book advances a new understanding of inclusive education that addresses the limitations inherent in current approaches that problematize differences between learner groups by promoting a view of difference as an aspect of human individuality. It considers the implications of the research evidence underpinning teacher education for diversity and makes suggestions for future research in the field.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Lani Florian
    • 1
  • Nataša Pantić
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EdinburghMoray House School of Education University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of EdinburghMoray House School of Education University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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