Attitudes towards inclusion: Gaps between belief and practice

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Title Attitudes towards inclusion: Gaps between belief and practice
Author Hwang, Yoon-Suk; Evans, David
Journal Name International Journal of Special Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Canada
Publisher International Journal of Special Education
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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 26
Issue Number 1
Page from 136
Page to 146
ISSN 0827-3383
Date Accessioned 2011-06-09
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Special Education and Disability
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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