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ERIC Number: EJ1057155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1471-3802
Look Who's Coming to School: The Emirati Student Voice in an Intervention-Based Study on Inclusion of Learners with Intellectual Disabilities in Emirati Mainstream Government Schools
Gaad, Eman
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v15 n2 p130-138 Apr 2015
Although there are many factors that can affect the success of the inclusion of students with disabilities in mainstream schools, the attitude of typically developing peers towards peers with disabilities is one of the critical factors leading to success. This study examines the effects of a planned intervention on the attitudes of the typically developing peers related to their perceptions about students with intellectual disabilities during a half-day workshop which took place in each of the target schools and their opinions about including these students in mainstream schools in the United Arab Emirates. The intervention involved both a presentation about the abilities of persons with intellectual disabilities and an opportunity for personal interaction with these students. Following the intervention, the subjects were interviewed and their responses analysed. The results showed that after the intervention, most typically developing students had gained a basic knowledge of intellectual disability which affected their expectations for the abilities of same-age learners with intellectual disabilities and their acceptance of their inclusion in the mainstream school. Analysis of the responses of the typically developing peers also indicated that the intervention had a positive effect which can lead to a change in attitudes towards possible inclusion of such students in their schools. For future practice and further research, recommendations are made to assist decision makers in this field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates