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ERIC Number: EJ1171057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Karma and Human Rights: Bhutanese Teachers' Perspectives on Inclusion and Disability
Kamenopoulou, Leda; Dukpa, Dawa
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v22 n3 p323-338 2018
The Sustainable Development Goals call on countries to ensure that all children, especially the most vulnerable, are included in education. The small kingdom of Bhutan has made attempts to embrace inclusion in education at the policy level. However, research on inclusion and disability in this context is limited, and there are few studies focusing on the perspectives of Bhutanese teachers. The study presented here was led by the question 'how are Inclusion and Disability understood by teachers in Bhutan?' The research aims were to (a) explore the above concepts from the perspective of participants and (b) construct these concepts in a way that is contextually relevant to Bhutan. Data collection comprised qualitative interviews with 15 Bhutanese teachers. Findings revealed that participants saw disability predominantly from a 'medical model' perspective, but at the same time held conflicting views as to what inclusion means. They moreover mentioned lack of teacher training as an obstacle to the implementation of inclusion in Bhutan, and some believed that the country is not yet ready for inclusion. We argue that our findings call for Bhutan to strengthen the preparation of its teachers for inclusive education in order to narrow the current gap between policy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bhutan
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