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ERIC Number: EJ800274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
"I Just See All Children as Children": Teachers' Perceptions about Inclusion
Leatherman, Jane M.
Qualitative Report, v12 n4 p594-611 Dec 2007
This narrative study examined teachers' perceptions of their inclusive classrooms. Eight early childhood teachers responded to open-ended interview questions about their experiences teaching children with and without disabilities in the same classroom environment. The social constructivist view of teaching and learning is highlighted as the teachers construct their knowledge of inclusion and how it meets the needs of children with disabilities in the inclusive environment. The following themes emerged from interview analysis: the inclusive classroom is a great place for children, the teacher needs additional education, the teacher needs support from administrators and to be included in decisions about the inclusive classroom, and positive experiences foster successful inclusive classrooms. Suggestions are offered for successful inclusive programs and future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A