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The social participation of young children with developmental disabilities in inclusive early childhood programs

Walker, Sue & Berthelsen, Donna C. (2007) The social participation of young children with developmental disabilities in inclusive early childhood programs. Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, 2(2).

Abstract

The study reports an analysis of the social integration of six focus children with developmental disabilities in four preschool programs and their relative competences in relation to the typically developing children in the early childhood programs. For the 85 children in the preschool programs, including the children with developmental disabilities, peer acceptance was measured with sociometric interviews; social competence was rated by teachers; and observations of play activities and social engagement were made during four free play periods. A social constructivist analysis focuses on how learning was supported in the settings and implications are drawn about how opportunities for learning could be extended in inclusive early childhood programs.

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ID Code: 12327
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Inclusive education, early childhood, social competence, disability
ISSN: 1545-0473
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Wright State University
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:55

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