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ERIC Number: EJ804864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
The Inclusion of Children with a Disability in Child Care: The Influence of Experience, Training and Attitudes of Childcare Staff
Mohay, Heather; Reid, Emma
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v31 n1 p35-42 Mar 2006
Seventy-seven directors of childcare centres and 77 childcare staff were surveyed about their training to work with children with a disability, experience with these children, attitudes to disability, inclusive practices and barriers to inclusion. General support was expressed for the inclusion of children with a disability in child care, especially if the disability was mild. Some disabilities, e.g. speech and language problems, were viewed more favourably than others, e.g. acquired brain damage. Training for working with children who have a disability was associated with positive attitudes toward people with a disability. Directors currently including children with a disability in their program had significantly more training and experience with such children than other directors, although there was no difference in attitude to disability. Training and experience appeared to increase feelings of control over the provision of services for children with a disability. (Contains 1 endnote and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia