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ERIC Number: EJ1154152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Teacher Preparation for Inclusion in Norway: A Study of Beliefs, Skills, and Intended Practices
Cameron, David Lansing
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v21 n10 p1028-1044 2017
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the educational experiences of teacher education students and their attitudes towards planning and making adaptations for children with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms. Participants comprised pre-service teachers in the second and fourth years of teacher preparation at a major Norwegian university. Fourth-year students were completing a 1-year elective in special education (n = 34) or coursework in other subjects (n = 30). Second-year students were grouped based on their intention to take special education (n = 26) or other coursework (n = 62). Participants rated their beliefs, skills, and intended practices with regard to planning and making adaptations. No significant differences were found between second- and fourth-year students in general education courses. However, students in the special education programme held significantly higher ratings of beliefs, skills, and intended practices than did second-year students; yet, only beliefs and practices were higher for this group when compared to other fourth-year students. Findings suggest that coursework in special education can have a positive impact on attitudes towards inclusion. However, teachers' confidence in their ability to use these adaptations may be far more difficult to foster.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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