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Attitudes towards inclusion : gaps between belief and practice

Hwang, Yoon-Suk & Evans, David (2011) Attitudes towards inclusion : gaps between belief and practice. International Journal of Special Education, 26(1), pp. 136-146.

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Abstract

General education teachers in the Republic of Korea were investigated regarding their participation in programs to include students with disabilities in general education settings. Previous studies have shown that even general education teachers with positive attitudes towards inclusion are reluctant in practice to have students with disabilities in their classrooms. This study examines 33 Korean general education teachers from three primary schools in Seoul regarding their attitudes towards, and willingness to accommodate, the needs of a student with a disability. The results show that 41.37% of general education teachers had positive attitudes towards inclusion programs, while 55.16% were unwilling to actually participate. Quantitative data obtained through a questionnaire was supplemented by qualitative data obtained through interviews. The interviews focused on the positive and negative effects of inclusion, as well as problems in implementing inclusive education programs. The findings will be discussed in the light of previous international research and will highlight links between the age and teaching experience of general education teachers and their negative attitudes towards inclusion.

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ID Code: 34074
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Inclusion, Teachers' attitudes, Belief, Practice
ISSN: 0827-3383
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2010 11:03
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 11:23

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