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Moberg, Sakari; Muta, Etsuko; Korenaga, Kanako; Kuorelahti, Matti; Savolainen, Hannu – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2020
The aim of this study was to analyse and compare teachers' attitudes towards inclusive education in two culturally different countries: Finland and Japan. A sample of 362 Finnish and 1518 Japanese teachers participated in this survey. The teachers' attitudes varied and were rather critical. The Finnish teachers were more worried about teachers'…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Inclusion, Cultural Differences, Students with Disabilities
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Karhu, Anne; Närhi, Vesa; Savolainen, Hannu – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
Check In-Check Out (CICO) is a support programme for students with externalising problem behaviours. This study implemented in Finland is one of the first reports on the application of CICO in the European context. An experimental, multiple-baseline, single-case design is used to examine the effects of the CICO intervention on the problem…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, Program Effectiveness
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Rytioja, Marleene; Lappalainen, Kristiina; Savolainen, Hannu – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
Many behavioural and emotional characteristics are associated with children's peer relationships. The purpose of this study is to examine behavioural and emotional strengths of sociometrically popular, rejected, controversial, neglected, and average children. 773 third-grade children (51% girls) are assessed with a sociometric questionnaire and…
Descriptors: Peer Acceptance, Rejection (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Elementary School Students
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Engelbrecht, Petra; Savolainen, Hannu – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
This research sought to develop an understanding of teachers' attitudes, sense of self-efficacy and approach to enacting inclusive education in their classrooms in two diverse countries. A mixed-methods research design guided the data collection and analysis. This article focuses on how quantitative and qualitative research approaches were used…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Inclusion, Cross Cultural Studies
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Ekins, Alison; Savolainen, Hannu; Engelbrecht, Petra – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
Policy and practice in relation to meeting the diverse needs of all children, including those with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, is in a state of change in the UK. As a result, there is growing interest in and understanding of the need to focus on factors which impact on teachers' levels of self-efficacy in meeting the needs of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Self Efficacy, Special Education
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Savolainen, Hannu; Engelbrecht, Petra; Nel, Mirna; Malinen, Olli-Pekka – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
Although there are clear differences in national policies regarding inclusive education, the international debate has not fully considered their impact on implementation within different countries, for example on teacher education. This paper reports on results from a comparative study of in-service teachers' attitudes and self-efficacy in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Inclusion, Self Efficacy