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ERIC Number: EJ854252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1030-0112
The Perspectives of Singapore Secondary School Students with Vision Impairments towards Their Inclusion in Mainstream Education
West, John; Houghton, Stephen; Taylor, Myra; Ling, Phua Kia
Australasian Journal of Special Education, v28 n1 p18-27 2004
Students with vision impairments in Singapore are educated in segregated settings from an early age. On completing primary school these students continue their education in mainstream secondary school settings. This transition requires considerable adjustment on the part of students with vision impairments. The present research explored the social and emotional needs of students with vision impairments in mainstream secondary schools in Singapore. Data were gathered from nine students through semi-structured interviews and casual observations. Individuals were also asked to record their experiences using a diary. Four propositions were developed. One, students with vision impairments express a need to have their feelings and abilities "acknowledged by" significant others. Two, the initial experience of students with vision impairments is such that they have to make major "adjustments" to adjust to their new learning environment. Three, students with vision impairments state they benefit from receiving "support and assistance" from their peers. Four, students with vision impairments state they benefit from the assistance of teachers who act as a "bridge"; in their social relationships with peers. The findings of this research have implications for the inclusion of students with special needs in Singapore.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore