ERIC Number: ED413119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Opinions of Inclusive Education: A Survey of Rural Teachers and Administrators.
Belcher, Rebecca Newcom; Cole, Jack T.; D'Alonzo, Bruno J.
A survey of 39 special and general education teachers and administrators from 7 New Mexico towns assessed their knowledge and acceptance level of fully inclusive education within the rural, culturally and linguistically diverse state. The results were analyzed by two subpopulations, general and special education teachers, and the total population of educators, administrators and related service personnel. Results indicate that while most professionals were generally supportive of inclusive education, a small percentage (7-15 percent) was consistently unsupportive on all items. Rural areas face special problems in implementing the New Mexico State Department of Education's Policy on Full Inclusion and providing a full spectrum of special education services. The survey results give credence to the view that professionals located in rural New Mexico have several areas of confusion concerning inclusive education. In general, the educators were supportive of the inclusion philosophy but unsupportive of specific actions or practices (such as therapists in the general classroom) that would occur during implementation of inclusion. The survey questionnaire and response rates are included. (Author/TSP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Rural Education, School Responsibility, Special Education, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico