The videos were used as part of an inclusive education training workshop for university staff and students.
The short training workshop at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI – Indonesia University of Education) was designed so that several of the videos acted as a stimulus for discussions. The ‘head, heart and hands’ activity was also used (Activity 6.1 in Module 6).
The following are some extracts from feedback given by the workshop participants.
Participants felt the workshop helped them learn about:
- classroom management, how to understand students’ characteristics, and how to treat them well;
- how learning should be fun for students
- using the existing resources
- how to find child’s capability and how to develop them;
- learning is based on the students’ environment;
- there are many ways and learning techniques, things around the child’s environment which can be used as learning media
- how to do workshops, how to activate students, how to make students learn in a team where they can give feedback to each other;
“From the workshop, I learned that a teacher should see a student completely as a person who has a life not only as a student but also as an individual.”
“I found new information on how to discover a child’s capability by observing all of the child’s life aspects”
“I learned that the interaction perspective outside the class can actually affect the learning process in the class. The workshop also gives information on how to think critically in order to analyse the child’s need and ability in fun ways.”
They noted that the videos “make it easier for us to explain about inclusive education to other people”. Participants also said they would use the resources from the workshop when working with teaching colleagues and student teachers elsewhere. They indicated that they would use the videos and modify the activities to use in their own teaching and learning activities, in schools and universities.
Two lecturers who participated in the training were interviewed. Here are some extracts from the interviews.
“I think what the trainer did was very interesting. As a result, all participants were actively involved. One activity was astonishing [the head, heart, hands activity]. It involved all participants and I think maybe it can be an example that can be implemented in our classroom here at the university and also when I am giving workshops to school teachers. It enables participants to participate actively and discuss. The approache is suitable with the subjects I am teaching; Assessment and Early Intervention. I think the idea can be implemented in my class. It will inspire our students in giving more explanations and illustrations on how they acknowledge the problems during the assessment and intervention for the children. I hope we can have more workshops so it can equip me and then I can give a meaningful and fun workshop that involves all the participants especially the school teachers in inclusive schools.” (Endang Rochyadi, Lecturer at UPI)
“I definitely found new ideas, especially on how to do a workshop, and how a workshop can activate students to work together in a team where at the same time they can give feedback and learn from one another. It is something new that I found. This workshop is definitely meaningful; we experienced something new that maybe one day we can implement it in our classes, though we have small classrooms packed with desks and chairs while for implementing such method we need bigger space. But I do believe we can implement it. The method used is an improvement from the existing methods that we tend to use here. We tend to use discussion approach where our students discuss but we do not see the process. The process of the materials used is unclear. If we implement [the ideas from this workshop], it means we try to see how our students are experiencing the process, not only reporting the results of the process. (Sunardi Tukimin, Lecturer and Head of the Special Education Program at UPI).
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