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ERIC Number: EJ948685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1752
Examining Teachers' Perceived Barriers Associated with Inclusion
Fuchs, Wendy W.
SRATE Journal, v19 n1 p30-35 Win 2009-2010
This qualitative study examined general education teachers' beliefs and attitudes about current mainstreaming practices. Data were collected using focus groups and individual interviews. The following research questions were the basis for the interviews and observations: 1) What are teachers' beliefs and attitudes toward mainstreaming? The researcher made contact three times with each of the five participants. Each teacher participated in one focus group discussion, one individual interview, and one classroom observation. As the interviewer and observer, the researcher used constant comparison analysis to ensure that the themes in this naturalistic study emerged from the data itself. Major themes that emerged are as follows: 1) The teachers generally agreed that responsibilities and expectations of regular education teachers were unreasonable. The teachers had little formal education or training with regard to mainstreaming practices. 2) The teachers felt there was a lack of support from school administrators in the areas of inservice education and training, class size, collaboration and planning time, and shared duties with the special education staff. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A