ERIC Number: ED460521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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The Florida Inclusion Network Survey Analysis and Implications.
Berens, Allison; Koorland, Mark
This paper discusses the results of a survey on the professional knowledge of and feelings about inclusion of 180 Florida general educators, special educators, administrators, and support personnel. These four groups were asked to respond to the following questions: (1) What is inclusion? (2) How do you feel about inclusion? and (3) how do you think inclusion will affect you? Results of the survey indicate that seasoned educators did not differ from beginning teachers in terms of their knowledge about inclusion. Knowledge about inclusion also appeared to be unaffected by grade level. No apparent differences between general and special educators on knowledge level were found. Findings also show that some groups feel more strongly about inclusion than others, although years of experience and grade level placement did not have a significant effect on feelings. Finally, responses to the third question, how inclusion affects the respondents, varied widely. The majority of responses were focused on pragmatic issues. General educators were concerned with limited planning time and preparation for teaching students with special needs in general classroom settings. Special educators reported fears of job loss and changing responsibilities. (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Definitions, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Knowledge Level, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education Teachers, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida