ERIC Number: EJ1075543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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Social Acceptance and the Choosing of Favourite Classmates: A Comparison between Students with Special Educational Needs and Typically Developing Students in a Context of Full Inclusion
Nepi, L. D.; Fioravanti, J.; Nannini, P.; Peru, A.
British Journal of Special Education, v42 n3 p319-337 Sep 2015
Empirical data on the effects of inclusion regarding the social participation of typically developing students and those with special educational needs are still controversial. While some studies suggest that the more extensive the inclusion, the higher the social position of students with special educational needs, evidence from other studies indicates that the full inclusion of students with special educational needs into ordinary schools is not sufficient, per se, to increase their social participation. In this study, we set out to investigate the social position of students with special educational needs and typically developing students studying in regular classroom environments in Italian primary and secondary schools. Given that being accepted is far from the same as being chosen, besides examining rates of acceptance and rejection, we also considered the choices made by students regarding their favourite classmates. The results demonstrated that students with special educational needs are significantly less accepted and are very rarely chosen as favoured classmates by their typically developing counterparts. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.
Descriptors: Peer Acceptance, Special Needs Students, Special Education, Inclusion, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Social Integration, Student Participation, Comparative Analysis, Peer Relationship, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Italy