The experiences of teachers teaching children with Down syndrome in the early years of schooling

McFadden, Amanda T. (2014) The experiences of teachers teaching children with Down syndrome in the early years of schooling. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This innovative collective case study research documented teachers' experiences of teaching children with Down syndrome in the early years of schooling in Australia. Results indicated differences in teachers' conceptualisation of children with Down syndrome as learners and how these variations impacted the way the child was included within the class. Unique to this research was the utilisation of a mind-mapping technique of data collection which effectively captured the individual nature of teachers' experiences, making implicit knowledge explicit through description and interpretation of these experiences. Overall findings indicated that teachers were more likely to include children with Down syndrome into general education classrooms if they operated within a contemporary understanding of disability, had positive support from key stakeholders such as school principals and parents/caregivers, and had access to current information on Down syndrome from professional bodies.

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ID Code: 72559
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Tangen, Donna, Mergler, Amanda, & Spooner-Lane, Rebecca
Keywords: Down syndrome, teachers, early years of schooling, inclusive education, diversity, constructivism, social constructivism, collective case study, mind mapping, teachers' stories
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2014 06:21
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 06:03

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