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ERIC Number: ED562955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 165
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-8269-4
General Education Teacher Attitudes toward Instruction of Students with Disabilities
Horton, Melinda
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The 2004 amendment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) required major changes for schools in educating students with disabilities. For teachers, this act brought new challenges to the general education classroom. Guided by the conceptual frameworks of Moustakas and Cresswell, this phenomenological study examined the attitudes of general education teachers towards the instruction of students with disabilities and how they perceive that their knowledge and training affect their instruction with these students in the general education classroom. To address these questions, 12 general education teachers from Grades 1-3 were chosen through purposeful criterion sampling to participate in individual interviews and a focus group session. The data from the interviews and focus group were transcribed, coded, reduced, and analyzed. Textural and structural descriptions were used to identify common themes. The key findings in this study indicated that teachers' concerns, frustrations, and negative attitudes and beliefs towards inclusion developed from insufficient training, lack of support, and inadequate resources. The findings demonstrate an obligation for school leaders to create a stable environment that promotes implications for positive social change. A secure environment should incorporate goals that will improve teacher instructional success with students with learning disabilities, increase school morale, improve academic success for students with disabilities, and foster greater motivation to work and learn as teams. [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
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act