Inclusive education: School Psychology Aachen (Germany) goes South Tyrol
October 8-19, 2012 Michaela Wiese, member of the School Psychology Service City of Aachen /Germany visited South Tyrol/Italy for a job shadowing activity funded under the EU- Lifelong Learning Comenius Program.
Since more than 30 years special schools and special classes do not exist anymore in South Tyrol. All pupils are taught in one class no matter which individual educational needs they have. Thus the South Tyrolean school system corresponds to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention aims at enabling disabled persons to participate equally in social life. Also German schools are challenged to implement the Convention. For this task they need help and support from outside, i.e. by school development activities, supervision and counseling.
The aim of this job shadowing activity was to get to know South Tyrolean schools and especially the educational support system for teachers in order to develop concrete offers for Aachen schools in the area of inclusive education. In cooperation with the University of Cologne Mrs. Wiese conducted during her visit a survey on the health-promoting and health-compromising conditions in inclusive
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