Teacher attitudes towards inclusion in early childhood classroom settings

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Title

Teacher attitudes towards inclusion in early childhood classroom settings

Description

MS Ed: Early Childhood/Special Education

Abstract

Despite federal mandates to educate students with disabilities in the general education setting, many teachers continue to have mixed feelings towards their ability to implement inclusive practices (Swain et aI., 2012). In this study, student teacher perceptions oftheir cooperating teachers'attitude toward inclusion and ways attitudes affected inclusionary practices was studied. In addition, the influence of cooperating teachers attitudes on student teachers' own perceptions about inclusion was evaluated in order to determine the right professional development needed. This study utilized a survey consisting of 32 Likert-type items ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree and 11 open-ended questions. Student teachers were placed into one ofthree settings, general education, integrated co-teaching and self-contained. Results indicate that all 10 student teachers hold positive experiences towards inclusion, even though some have had a negative experience with inclusion because they were placed with a cooperating teacher who had a negative attitude towards inclusion practices.

Creator

Kilgannon, Katie

Date Accepted

2015

Contributor

Gonzalez, Katia
Frumkin, Rhoda
Gazzard, Ann

Rights

U.S. and international copyright laws may protect this work. It is provided by Wagner College for scholarly or research purposes only. Commercial use or distribution is not permitted without prior permission of the copyright holder.

Is Part Of

Wagner College Electronic Thesis Collection

Format

application/pdf

Extent

74 pages

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

Ed_2015_Kilgannon_Teacher

Citation

Kilgannon, Katie, “Teacher attitudes towards inclusion in early childhood classroom settings,” Wagner College Digital Collections, accessed June 15, 2021, https://wagnercollections.omeka.net/items/show/17464.