ERIC Number: EJ794695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Novice Teachers' Conceptions of Fairness in Inclusion Classrooms
Wiebe Berry, Ruth A.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n5 p1149-1159 Jul 2008
The issue of "fairness" troubles some general education teachers, who may be reluctant to teach students with disabilities. Journals written by 47 general education preservice and novice teachers were data sources for examining teachers' concerns about fairness. Five areas of concern emerged: general responses, definitions of fairness, dealing with students, classroom applications (e.g., grading), and negative views. These themes are illustrated and discussed within the theoretical framework of principles of distribution of benefits. Suggestions are offered for helping teacher education students move toward acceptance of needs-based principles of fairness.
Descriptors: General Education, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Beginning Teachers, Inclusive Schools, Models
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