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ERIC Number: EJ922745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
The Perceptions of Secondary Teachers and Students about the Implementation of an Inclusive Classroom Model for Students with Mild Disabilities
O'Rourke, John; Houghton, Stephen
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v34 n1 p23-41 Feb 2009
This research used qualitative methods to gather the perceptions of regular classroom teachers and students with and without mild disabilities (MD) about an inclusive program implemented in three separate classrooms and designed to enhance both the academic and social engagement of a small number of students with MD. Teachers acknowledged that these strategies resulted in improvements in their classroom approach and in positive outcomes for students. Two of the three teachers considered that the strategies resulted in limited academic gains, but provided opportunities for students with MD to enhance their social experience. All students were positive about certain changes to their classroom, particularly in working with their peers, but did not see the classroom teachers' instructional methodologies as being different, despite a series of changes to the classroom pedagogy. Teacher and student discussions about the strategies implemented are presented and the implications for practice, teacher education and future research are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia