ERIC Number: EJ692515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of the Mainstream Teachers of Children with a Preschool Diagnosis of Speech/Language Impairment
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v21 n2 p147-164 Jun 2005
Several factors have been shown to influence inclusion of children with special educational needs. This paper reports on findings from a questionnaire investigating training, specialist knowledge, confidence, attitudes and beliefs of the Reception class, Year 1, and Year 2 teachers of a cohort of children with a preschool diagnosis of moderate or severe speech/language impairment. While teacher attitudes to mainstream inclusion of children with speech and language difficulties were generally positive, many of them reported having little or no training on speech and language impairment, with knowledge acquired mainly through 'hands on' experience and books. Overall, levels of confidence in their ability to meet the educational needs of such pupils were low, and mechanisms were not always in place to ensure that information regarding their pupils was shared amongst professionals, particularly when these children entered school for the first time.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Identification, Educational Needs, Language Impairments, Beliefs, Knowledge Level, Preschool Children, Inclusive Schools, Primary Education, Speech Impairments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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