ERIC Number: EJ1064170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Inclusion in Malaysian Integrated Preschools
Sukumaran, Sailajah; Loveridge, Judith; Green, Vanessa A.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n8 p821-844 2015
Inclusive education has been introduced through a number of policy developments in Malaysia over the last 10 years but there is little research investigating the extent and nature of inclusive education for preschoolers with special educational needs (SEN). This study surveyed both regular and special education teachers in Malaysian integrated preschools asking them about the level and nature of inclusion taking place in their preschools and their perceptions and beliefs about inclusion. There was little evidence of practices of inclusion taking place. Both regular and special educators agreed that SEN should be educated alongside their peers in a school but were unlikely to agree that the SEN students should be in the same classroom. Factors identified as influencing inclusion included school culture, skills and competency, guidance and information, workload and students' disabilities. More guidelines and support are required for successful inclusion in Malaysian integrated preschools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Inclusion, Special Needs Students, Special Education Teachers, Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices, School Culture, Skills, Competence, Guidance Programs, Severe Disabilities, Teaching Load, Educational Policy, Questionnaires, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Surveys, Institutional Characteristics, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia