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ERIC Number: ED461657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 12
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Special and Regular Education Teachers' Attitudes towards Inclusive Programs in an Urban Community School.
Familia-Garcia, Miriam
This study surveyed 10 regular and 10 special educators at a South Bronx, New York, community school regarding their attitudes toward including students with disabilities into general education classrooms. Teachers discussed whether they would volunteer to work with an inclusive program, what they considered the positive and negative effects of inclusion, how they would feel if they were mandated to work in an inclusive classroom, and what would encourage them to consider participating in an inclusive classroom. Special educators reported being glad to work in inclusive classrooms, while five of the general educators said they would refuse and five were willing to try. All special educators felt that the positive outcomes for both disabled and nondisabled students would outweigh any negative outcomes, and that special education students would feel like their negative labels had been removed. Half of the general educators agreed with the special educators, but the others felt that inclusion would not work. While all special educators said they would happily work in inclusive classrooms if mandated, only two general educators agreed, and the other eight said they would rather retire or change schools. Teachers who were apprehensive about inclusion said they would welcome support from administrators. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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