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ERIC Number: ED381486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 14
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The Effect of Inclusion Training on Teacher Attitude towards Inclusion.
Dickens-Smith, Mary
This paper reviews several studies on attitudes of regular and special educators toward inclusion of all children, regardless of disability, in the regular education environment and on attitude changes occurring as a result of staff development activities. Special education teachers (n=100) and regular education teachers (n=100) who were working for the Chicago (Illinois) Public School System and participated in an inservice training session on inclusion were given a questionnaire before and after the training. The majority of the teachers, in both special and regular education, revealed more favorable attitudes toward inclusion after their inservice training than they did before. Special education teachers showed an attitude gain on 8 of 12 questions, remained neutral on 3, and showed a slight drop on 1 question. Regular education teachers showed a positive attitude change on 11 of the 12 questions and a decline on 1. Both regular and special education teachers showed the greatest change on a question addressing the need for all teachers and administrators to become involved in inclusion. The study concludes that staff development is the key to the success of inclusion. (Contains 13 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL