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ERIC Number: EJ764545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
The Gap between Beliefs and Practices: Early Childhood Practitioners' Perceptions about Inclusion
Bruns, Deborah A.; Mogharreban, Cathy C.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v21 n3 p229 Spr 2007
Due to education policy changes, increasing numbers of young children with disabilities are attending inclusive programs. Professionals in these settings need to have corresponding beliefs and skills so that young children with disabilities can succeed with their peers. This exploratory study examined inclusive beliefs and corresponding practices of Head Start and public pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) professionals. Results indicate that Head Start and Pre-K professionals shared similar and positive beliefs about inclusion. In regard to inclusive practices and general strategies (e.g., arranging the environment, working with families), their responses were also similar. However, they were less certain of specialized strategies, including implementing individualized education plans (IEPs), utilizing alternate forms of communication, and positioning young children with motor impairments. Implications for research, policy, and practice are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois