Promoting Inclusion at Scale with School Leader Network Communities Supported by Open Resources: Researching Participant Needs and Priorities

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2022-09
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Wolfenden, Freda
Cooper, Deborah
Dawadi, Saraswati
Majeed, Zahid
Ibrahimi, Munir
Shrestha, Sushil
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Promoting Equity and Inclusion // "School Leaders’ role in promoting change for equity and inclusion in their schools and communities as pedagogical leaders is underutilised in many contexts. Although leaders may not see themselves as having agency or responsibility for inclusion there is potential to build on their local knowledge to take small actions from the bottom up: they can open or close doors for children marginalised from learning. // Our GPE KIX funded research In Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan explores the potential scalability of strengthening school leaders’ capacity for inclusion through collaboration in networked improvement communities with open and blended learning resources. // Despite significant disruptions from covid, regime change and other disruptions, in-country partners conducted research exploring local practices around inclusion, access to ICT, access to professional development, and the policy context related to inclusion in each of these contexts. This involved surveys of over 500 school leaders followed by semi-structured interviews (30) and detailed policy analysis of inclusion, leadership and ICT. // In this paper we share findings from this initial research and the implications of findings for supporting the design of the open resources to support localised enquiry-based collaboration to strengthen school leaders’ capacity to take action on education inclusion." // Paper ID 6304
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School leaders, Actions for inclusion, Open course, Scale, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan
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Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan
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Asia
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