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ERIC Number: EJ780813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
"They're gonna Think We're the Dumb Lot Because We Go to the Special School": A Teacher Research Study of How Mainstream and Special School Pupils View Each Other
Griffiths, Eve
Research in Education, v78 p78-87 Nov 2007
This article reports on a small piece of teacher research that examined the preconceptions held by pupils in mainstream and special schools about themselves, each other and their educational setting. A "circle time"-style interview was used in both educational settings to access the opinions of sixteen pupils with moderate learning difficulties. The research found that many of the pupils placed in a special school felt excluded from and fear of the mainstream pupils and environment. Contradictory to this, the mainstream pupils were generally positive about a move towards more inclusive practices. There was a clear focus in pupil comments on the creation and maintenance of social relations above learning needs, and bullying and self-esteem emerged as the two areas of pupil attitudes that could be potentially the greatest barriers to inclusive education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom