ERIC Number: ED450505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-1
Inclusive Education for Preschoolers with Disabilities: Comparative Views of Parents and Practitioners.
Rafferty, Yvonne; Boettcher, Caroline
This paper discusses the outcomes of a study that compared the attitudes of 245 parents of preschoolers with and without disabilities and 121 preschool service providers. It was designed to assess global attitudes toward inclusion, benefits and concerns regarding inclusion for children with disabilities, the impact of inclusion on children without disabilities, the impact on families, the importance of type and severity of disability and children's age on attitudes toward inclusion, and program involvement and satisfaction. Results identified a high degree of support for inclusion among parents of children with and without disabilities, with few significant differences found in their opinions. Support among preschool service providers was even stronger. Respondents also reported concerns about inclusion, with parents indicating greater concerns than school staff. Both parents and school staff were less likely to support inclusion for children with severe disabilities or those with emotional and/or behavioral problems, relating this lack of support to the program's ability to adequately address their needs. Respondents also identified a number of benefits of inclusion for families of preschoolers with disabilities. Finally, most of the parents were "very satisfied" with their child's preschool inclusion program, the quality of the teachers, and the availability of related services. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Head Start National Research Conference (5th, Washington, DC, June 28-July 1, 2000).