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ERIC Number: EJ875300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Teacher Educational Beliefs and Sociometric Status of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Students in Inclusive Classrooms
Ben-Yehuda, Simcha; Leyser, Yona; Last, Uriel
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v14 n1 p17-34 Feb 2010
The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify characteristics of teachers who were successful in social mainstreaming of students with special needs. In the exploratory stage, several successful teachers were interviewed about their pedagogical beliefs and mainstreaming practices. Themes and categories were extracted. In the major phase 24 teachers and 782 students participated. Based on sociometric measures administered in all classrooms, six successful teachers in social mainstreaming and six unsuccessful teachers were identified. Semistructured interviews similar to those used during the exploratory stage were conducted. Statistical analysis revealed significant differences between the two teacher groups regarding their pedagogical orientation (i.e., relationships with students and with parents), attitude toward inclusion, daily practices (consultation) and personality characteristics (self-efficacy, sensitivity). Implications for teacher preparation and professional development are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel