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ERIC Number: EJ807847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Integrating Children with Special Needs: Singapore Preschool Teachers Share Their Feelings--A Preliminary Investigation
Nonis, Karen P.
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v7 n1 p4-10 Spr 2006
There has been a marked change in the Singapore Educational System where general and special education schools will receive extra funding for special needs children. While this financial support is encouraging, it is uncertain if preschool teachers and their respective kindergartens are ready for integration. This study investigated how teachers feel about the impending integration of children with special needs into their classrooms. Seventy-five preschool teachers completed a survey comprised of 3 sub-sections. Teachers were asked about their feelings toward including children with special needs into their classroom. The survey questions related to (a) Teacher's attitudes towards integrating/including children with special needs (b) Professional Development and (c) Resources. The survey required teachers to respond with a yes or no and in some cases there were open-ended questions for their responses. Percentage responses were calculated for each response to a question. The majority of teachers welcomed integration. Teacher's concerns for the lack of professional training, knowledge of special needs and existing government agencies supporting individuals with disabilities were also revealed. (Contains 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: Singapore