ERIC Number: EJ1131051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating the Effect of a Teacher Training Programme on the Primary Teachers' Attitudes, Knowledge and Teaching Strategies Regarding Special Educational Needs
Kurniawati, F.; de Boer, A. A.; Minnaert, A. E. M. G.; Mangunsong, F.
Educational Psychology, v37 n3 p287-297 2017
Research has consistently stressed that regular school teachers are important in determining the success of implementing inclusive education. It was also found that teachers' attitudes, their knowledge about special educational needs (SEN) and teaching strategies are prerequisites for implementing inclusive education successfully. This study examines the effects of an in-service teacher training programme on regular primary school teachers' attitudes and knowledge about SEN and about teaching strategies. A pre- and post-test control group design study was set up (N[subscript experimental group] = 33, N[subscript control group] = 34), comprising 11 public primary schools. The training programme consisted of 32 hours face-to-face training sessions, covering topics about attitudes and knowledge about SEN and about teaching strategies. In order to establish the effects of the training programme, attitudes and knowledge were measured at two moments: before and after the training programme was performed. The outcomes of ANCOVA revealed significant positive effects of the training programme on most dependent variables (attitudes, knowledge about SEN and about teaching strategies) with medium to large effect sizes. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Knowledge Level, Teaching Methods, Special Education, Inclusion, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Analysis, Program Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Experimental Groups, Control Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia