University teacher training and inclusion of students with SLD: a comparative study between Spain and Italy


Including students with specific learning disorders (SLD) in the university environment is increasingly important. This study compares Italian and Spanish university lecturers' training on SLD and the teaching strategies for supporting students with SLD. A qualitative-quantitative approach was used with 160 university lecturers from Italy and Spain. Based on qualitative interviews conducted with the lecturers, similarities and differences in training and teaching practices between the two countries emerged. Both groups of lecturers recognise the importance of specific training on SLDs and use various teaching strategies to support students with these disorders. These findings offer recommendations to improve university teacher training and promote inclusive teaching practices for students with SLD. This study contributes to developing university lecturer training policies and practices to ensure quality education for all students.