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ERIC Number: ED408751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Teachers' Attitudes toward the Integration of Pupils with Intellectual Disabilities.
Kis-Glavas, Lelia; And Others
This study examined the attitudes of 194 teachers in 17 regular primary schools in the city of Zagreb (Croatia) and the surrounding area about the integration of children with intellectual or other developmental disabilities. In addition to providing demographic data, the teachers completed a 21-item questionnaire with questions that addressed: (1) their attitudes toward pupils with developmental difficulties; (2) attitudes toward integration of these pupils; (3) familiarity with the characteristics and needs of pupils with developmental difficulties; and (4) teacher readiness to get involved in improving the integration process. Factor analysis identified five factors, all of which indicated predominantly negative attitudes by teachers toward integration. The factors examined were: (1) recognition of advantages of integration for pupils with developmental difficulties; (2) attitude toward regular schools' equipment; (3) effects of integration on other pupils; (4) familiarity with characteristics and needs of special needs students; and (5) attitudes toward partial integration. The most positive attitudes were expressed by female teachers, under age 36, and with less than 5 years of experience. The most negative attitudes were expressed by male teachers, over age 36, with work experience of more than 15 years and the subject teachers. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Croatia