Challenges for Teachers



According to Ingemar Emanuelsson, inclusive education can be formed only by an entire team. Everyone is responsible. The students also play an important role. An inclusive school is a school for all.

In order to be able to develop inclusive education, previous practices must be questioned and, working together, new and appropriate methods must be found. Responsibilities should be shared, and new diverse groups formed. There should be flexibility in organizing groups and activities, using the skills and competences of individual teachers to create challenging learning environments, so that opportunities and chances are given to all pupils for further development.

The process of change towards inclusive education requires positive thinking, i.e. the possibilities rather than the problems. It is not an easy process. Every obstacle represents a challenge that must be overcome together. A change in the educational system cannot be achieved by one teacher alone but needs a joint endeavor. It's not about the size of the steps but about every step being consciously taken towards a desired goal.

Thinking in possibilities and challenges is a fundamental principle of inclusive education. There are no good or bad students, just as there are no good or bad teachers: each one has her/his own qualities and abilities.

Inclusive education involves each student in her/his own learning process and that of others. The aim is to make students more independent from the teacher and educational method and to challenge them to take responsibility for themselves, for others and for their environment. The dialogue between teacher and student is essential; the student is the main resource for further learning and development for the teacher.


Ingemar Emanuelsson


Challenges for teachers

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