Teacher Training in Austria in the Last Decade: The Development of and Challenges for an Inclusive School System

Seyda Subasi Singh, Florentine Paudel

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This paper outlines the journey of reforming teacher training in Austria from special education to inclusive education in the light of recent political developments, international legislation, and recommendations. After a historical overview of special education teacher training, this study discusses the developments that had an impact on the current teacher training for inclusive education in Austria. On the basis of content analysis of relevant policy documents, regulations, reports, and statements, the paper analyzes the impact of the political changes in the country as well as of international movements on the curriculum, policies, and practices for teacher training for special needs education and inclusive education over the course of time. The text-based analysis revealed that while Austria has diligently followed international recommendations and agreements, it was nevertheless criticized for its failure to successfully implement already piloted practices on a large scale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number596244
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 503006 Educational research


  • Austria
  • inclusion
  • policies
  • teacher training

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