ERIC Number: ED364314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Preschool Integration from Teacher and Parent Perspective.
Wagner, Debra L.
A study was undertaken to examine the attitudes of parents and teachers toward the integration of young children with special needs and typically developing children into the same early childhood settings, and to determine any significant differences between the teachers' and parents' attitudes. An integration questionnaire was administered to 30 teachers and 30 parents of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children in Hardin County, Ohio. Respondents were asked to rate 10 statements on integration of students with special needs, using a 4-point scale to indicate their level of agreement or disagreement, with total scores ranging from 40 (indicating strong agreement with integration) to 10 (indicating strong disagreement). Completed questionnaires were received from all 60 participants. Analysis of the responses indicated that both parents and teachers were more favorable than unfavorable toward integration, with scores ranging from 20 to 40 points. Specifically, both parents and teachers indicated that if they had a child, they would prefer that he or she be in an integrated program, and that they agreed with the statement that special needs children were more alike than different from typically developing children. Finally, no significant differences in attitudes were found between teachers and parents. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A