ERIC Number: ED497582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: 18
Secondary Classroom Teachers' Views on Inclusion. WCER Working Paper No. 2003-4
King, M. Bruce; Youngs, Peter
Wisconsin Center for Education Research (NJ1)
Since the fall of 1999, the Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform for Youth with Disabilities (RISER) has studied inclusion and instructional reform in four U.S. secondary schools. This article analyzes general education teachers' views on (a) inclusion and its impact on their teaching and their students and (b) the extent to which special education teachers and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have supported inclusion efforts. Across the four schools, teachers were committed to inclusion and made instructional accommodations for students with disabilities in their classes. Many teachers, but not all, tried to maintain the curriculum and hold high expectations while providing these accommodations. Teachers at three of the schools emphasized teaching and learning of high intellectual quality and believed this focus was appropriate for their students with disabilities. At two of the schools, classroom teachers felt they received important help from special education teachers and used students' IEPs to guide instruction and assessment. The article concludes with a discussion of implications that can be drawn from these findings. (Contains 1 figure.) [This article was also sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, School of Education, University of Wisconsin--Madison.]
Descriptors: Educational Change, Disabilities, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Programs, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Inclusive Schools, Teacher Expectations of Students, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.