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ERIC Number: ED556926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 216
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-8170-1
International Teachers' Attitudes towards Inclusion in Turkey
Pursley, Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Regent University
The inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom has become a universally debated topic in education. More schools all over the world are seeking to use inclusion as their main service delivery model for students with disabilities. Much research has been conducted globally to gain insights into general education teachers', special education teachers', and administrators' opinions and attitudes regarding the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general classroom, which is a controversial topic. One segment of the teaching community that has not had a voice in the discussion is international teachers. The purpose of this study was to be the first to examine the opinions and attitudes of international teachers towards the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general classroom. This qualitative study used a survey design with a random sampling of 220 international teachers working across the country of Turkey. Participants completed a two-part survey, which consisted of demographic questions, the Opinions Relative to the Integration of Students with Disabilities Mainstreaming (Also called the Opinions Relative to Mainstreaming) scale (ORI) developed by Antonak and Larivee (1995), and the Teachers' Willingness to Work with Children with Severe Disabilities (TWSD) developed by Rakap and Kaczmarek (2010). The results examined the effect of teaching environment (Christian international school, international school, or English departments of Turkish private schools), opinions of teachers compared to previous literature, international teachers' attitudes compared to Turkish national teachers' attitudes, and effects of various aspects' inclusion on teacher opinions. The findings showed that, overall, international teachers' attitudes are consistent with existing literature. However, some significant differences should be further examined in other international teaching environments. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey