ICI Hosts Professor from Spain
ICI and its Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education are hosting a visiting professor, M. Cristina Cardona, PhD, a Professor of Research Methods in Special and Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. Her research interests include teacher education in diversity and inclusion, special education, instructional/curricular adaptations and diversification strategies, co-teaching, and collaboration. Diversity and inclusion have become critical to teacher education in Spain as the country adapts to Europe's process of higher education convergence. Dr. Cardona’s work at ICI, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (U of M), will compare syllabi, teacher education models, course content and practices in pre-service teacher training programs at the U of M, other Minnesota universities, and her university in Spain. Dr. Cardona also plans to survey/interview teacher educators and students for their perceptions about how well Minnesota university programs prepare teachers for diversity and inclusion in classrooms and schools.