ERIC Number: EJ1148237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Views of Their Preparation for Inclusive Education and Collaboration
Zagona, Alison L.; Kurth, Jennifer A.; MacFarland, Stephanie Z. C.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v40 n3 p163-178 Aug 2017
There is a need to advance inclusive education for students with significant disabilities, and one way to support this effort is to ensure educators have expertise in, and are prepared to implement, inclusive practices. We surveyed and interviewed general and special education teachers to understand their experiences and preparation to demonstrate skills associated with inclusive education and collaboration and identify the factors that may contribute to their preparation. There was a relationship between educators' preparedness for inclusive education and whether they have taken university courses or had special training on inclusive education. Analysis of interviews with a subset of participants supported this finding and provided a deeper understanding of the educators' preparation and experiences in implementing inclusive practices for students with significant disabilities.
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Methods, General Education, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Experience, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Education Programs, Elementary School Teachers, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Surveys, Likert Scales, Cooperative Planning, Success
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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