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ERIC Number: ED468322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
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Teachers' Feelings of Competency in Educating Children with Special Needs in the General Education Setting.
Ross, Susan
This study examined the feelings of competency of 30 regular and special middle school teachers in one Suffolk County (New York) school district about educating children with special needs in a fully inclusive setting. A two-part questionnaire provided: (1) demographic and training background information for the teachers; and (2) the teachers' responses to questions that indicated their attitudes toward inclusion, their own competency, and beliefs about the adequacy of their own training and support. The study examined correlations between the two parts and found that generally teachers felt competent in teaching special needs children in inclusive settings, especially if their background experiences included sufficient training and support. As the severity of a child's disability increased, teachers' feelings of competency decreased. Results support providing teachers with specialized training as schools move toward increased inclusion and developing guidelines for practice. Appendices include the questionnaire, data analysis, and the text of teacher comments on the questionnaire. (Contains 19 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York