ERIC Number: EJ1003203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Preferential Treatment or Unwanted in Mainstream Schools? The Perceptions of Parents and Teachers with Regards to Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Challenging Behaviour
Broomhead, Karen E.
Support for Learning, v28 n1 p4-10 Feb 2013
This study explored the perceptions of parents and teachers regarding the differential treatment or stigma experienced by pupils with challenging behaviour--more specifically, those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD), as well as children with visible special educational needs (Down's syndrome and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties) who frequently displayed challenging behaviour as a characteristic of their SEN. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten parents of children with challenging behaviour, together with 15 educational practitioners employed in mainstream and BESD schools. Findings revealed how several parents, and staff employed in BESD schools, viewed pupils with challenging behaviour as "unwanted" in mainstream schools. The remaining parents, as well as mainstream practitioners, reported the opposite and indicated that these pupils received treatment deemed to be "preferential" in the mainstream. This has direct implications for those concerned with supporting pupils with challenging behaviour in mainstream settings.
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Parents, Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Severe Mental Retardation, Educational Needs, Mainstreaming, Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disturbances, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Social Problems, Disabilities
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