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ERIC Number: EJ1085271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1694-609X
Inclusive Education in the United States: Middle School General Education Teachers' Approaches to Inclusion
Mackey, Megan
International Journal of Instruction, v7 n2 p5-20 Jul 2014
Research examined how three middle school teachers included students with disabilities in their general education classrooms. Purposive sampling was used to select a sixth grade science teacher, seventh grade social studies teacher, and eighth grade math teacher whose classrooms were identified as exemplifying the characteristics of inclusive settings. Each participant had at least six years of teaching experience. The qualitative techniques of interviews, observations, and document analyses were utilized to tell the stories of the three teachers. The specific themes and areas that emerged from the data were preparation, attitudes, and expectations; planning time, collaboration and in-class supports; and instructional strategies. Data revealed that all participants had little pre-service preparation specific to working with students with disabilities and varying levels of in-class supports, but all had positive attitudes about having students with disabilities in their general education classrooms. Each teacher developed and implemented numerous instructional practices which have implications for the effective inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
International Journal of Instruction. Usak University, College of Education, Ankara Izmir Yolu, 1 Eylul Kampusu, Usak, 64200, Turkey. Tel: +90-5357355455; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A