ERIC Number: ED395427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Mainstreaming Students with Disabilities: Teacher Perspectives in India.
Dev, Poonam C.; Belfiore, Phillip J.
This study surveyed general education teachers in four private elementary/secondary schools in New Delhi, India, concerning their attitudes toward mainstreaming students with mild to severe disabilities and factors that teachers considered essential for successful mainstreaming. The 98-item survey elicited 32 responses. Results are discussed in terms of the attitudes of the teachers about educating students with three types of disabilities--physical disabilities, mental disabilities, and learning disabilities. More than 78 percent of respondents expressed a willingness to educate students with disabilities in their classrooms. However, 60 percent of the teachers felt that separate classes were better for students with disabilities. Teacher recommendations were organized into nine categories: (1) creating awareness, (2) early identification, (3) placement issues, (4) academic issues, (5) curriculum adaptations, (6) structural and technological adaptations, (7) social-emotional aspects, (8) parental involvement, and (9) training and administrative support. Almost all teachers felt that teaching students with disabilities required more patience, that teaching styles must be modified, and that consultation with a special educator is necessary. Specific survey responses are appended. (Contains 42 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: India (New Delhi)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (74th, Orlando, FL, April 1-5, 1996).