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ERIC Number: EJ867374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Investigating the Attitudes of Elementary School Teachers, School Psychologists and Guidance Research Center Personnel on the Process of Preparing the Individualized Educational Program and Challenges Faced during the Related Process
Tike Bafra, Leyla; Kargin, Tevhide
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v9 n4 p1959-1972 Aut 2009
This study aims to analyze the attitudes of elementary school teachers, school psychologists and guidance research center personnel regarding developing an individualized educational program (IEP) process as well as challenges faced during the related process, according to several variables. The study included 201 participants who were working in several districts of Ankara province. The Attitudes towards IEP Development Process Scale and the Challenges during the IEP Development Process Scale were used in this study. The scales were developed and the validity and reliability of them have been investigated by the researchers. Results have shown that, with the exception of age variable, attitudes with respect to the IEP development process and challenges faced varied according to the post as an elementary school teacher, school psychologist or guidance research center personnel as well as to variables such as the institution the participants worked in, previous involvement in in-service training and previous participation in IEP development. While terms of in service training sessions did not lead to a significant difference in attitudes, it proved to be a variable causing significant differences in terms of the challenges faced. Findings regarding attitude differences across the variables revealed that gender [t(201) = 0.29; p greater than 0.07] and participation in in-service training programs [t(78) = 1.83; p greater than 0.07] did not lead to a significant difference on attitudes whereas age [F(2-198) = 7.67; p less than 0.01], occupational status [F(2-198) = 8.72, ; p less than 0.01], type of institution [t(199) = 3.43; p less than 0.01], participation in in-service training on IEP development [t(199) = 4.05; p less than 0.00] and involvement in the IEP development process [t(197) = 2.93; p less than 0.01] led to significant differences. Findings regarding challenges faced across the variables revealed that gender did not lead to a significant difference on attitudes [t(201) = 0.07; p greater than 0.09], whereas age [F(2-198) =3.78; p less than 0.05], occupational status [F(2-198) = 19.78; p less than 0.05], type of institution [t(199) = 4.98; p less than 0.01], participation in in-service training on IEP development [t(199) = 6.32; p less than 0.001], term of in-service training programs [t(78) = 2.26; p less than 0.05] and involvement in the IEP development process [t(199) = 4.46; p less than 0.01] led to significant differences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)