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ERIC Number: EJ1127787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2167-3454
Attitudes about Inclusion: Through the Lens of Practitioners and Novices
DeSimone, Janet R.; Maldonado, Nancy S.; Rodriguez, M. Victoria
Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, v2 n1 May 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of pre-service and in-service education students, towards inclusion in school settings. Graduate students working on their New York State teacher certification in early childhood special education (n = 152) completed a survey, "Attitudes Toward Inclusion." The survey addressed the following: attitudes towards various disabilities; perceptions of preparedness to modify instruction for students with disabilities and to meet their needs; willingness to include students with more severe disabilities in their classrooms; placement issues; and impact on general education students. The findings revealed three major themes: (1) inclusion for some students with special needs, as long as their disabilities are not severe; (2) social and learning benefits of inclusion; and (3) successful inclusion requires leadership and support. Recommendations for teacher preparation and program implementation are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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