ERIC Number: EJ1002309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
High School Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the School and Workplace: Multiple Perspectives on Inclusion
Bennett, Sheila M.; Gallagher, Tiffany L.
Canadian Journal of Education, v36 n1 p96-124 2013
Data collected from seven urban high schools in Ontario capture multiple voices in relation to inclusive practices in secondary schools and transitions into the workplace. Twenty-one students with intellectual disabilities (ID), 91 teachers, 67 educational assistants, 7 job coaches, 22 parents, 43 peers and 19 community employers completed surveys examining their beliefs about inclusion of students with ID in school/workplace, confidence/comfort in teaching/work, the impact of inclusion on individuals without disabilities, and the socialization and friendships of students with ID. Results indicate that participants hold similar values related to inclusion and the rights of students to appropriate educational program delivery. Overall, job coaches and parents embrace the most positive attitudes and beliefs about inclusion with parents particularly affirmative about inclusion experiences in both the classroom and workplace. Employers believe that students with intellectual disabilities are supported and interacting with others in the workplace. Teachers most often agree that students without disabilities experience positive effects as a function of inclusion. Cases in which there are discrepancies are also discussed.
Descriptors: Inclusion, Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, High School Students, Educational Environment, Work Environment, Educational Practices, Beliefs, Delivery Systems, Transitional Programs, Counselor Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Canada