ERIC Number: EJ1095510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Experience with Inclusive Education in Singapore
Yeo, Lay See; Chong, Wan Har; Neihart, Maureen F.; Huan, Vivien S.
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v36 suppl 1 p69-83 2016
Teachers' positive attitude is most critically and consistently associated with successful inclusion. However, little is known about teachers' first-hand encounters with inclusive education in Singapore. We present findings from a qualitative study on inclusion based on focus group interviews with 202 teachers from 41 resourced primary schools. The data were transcribed and coded using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and NVIVO software. Two broad clusters identified were teachers' positive and negative experiences in implementing inclusion. More reference was made to negative than positive experiences. The most dominant negative experience was stress from challenging behaviours and instructional difficulties of catering adequately for diverse needs in the same classroom. The most salient positive experience was satisfaction with pupils' progress and new learning for teachers. Classroom practices that facilitated inclusion and the value of training in shaping teachers' attitudes towards inclusion were highlighted.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience, Inclusion, Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Primary Education, Phenomenology, Data Analysis, Coding, Stress Variables, Behavior Problems, Special Needs Students, Special Education, Educational Practices, Mild Disabilities, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore