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ERIC Number: ED405676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 12
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The Present Situation and the Future Development of Special Education in Bulgaria.
Cholakova, Maya; Georgieva, Dobrinka
This paper describes the present situation of special education in Bulgaria and discusses the results of a study of attitudes toward the mainstreaming of students with intellectual disabilities. The first part of the paper discusses the classification of children with intellectual disabilities into "educable" and "non-educable" categories and the historical segregation of "educable" children with intellectual disabilities into special schools. The educational requirements of the special education policy in Bulgaria are also reviewed. The second part of the paper reveals the results of a questionnaire on student integration distributed to administrators, university teachers, teachers in regular schools, and teachers in special schools (n=103). Results indicate that the concept of integration is not very popular among teachers in regular schools and special schools, that different groups perceive integration differently, and that a majority of teachers do not recognize the rights of children with intellectual disabilities to be educated in regular schools. A majority of teachers were also found to believe that the resources and conditions in regular schools were not appropriate for the needs of children with intellectual disabilities. Recommendations are made for introducing more integrated environments. The statistical results of the questionnaire are attached. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bulgaria