Author(s)

Heather Moore

Date Approved

6-15-2015

Embargo Period

12-12-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Inclusive education;Teachers--In-service training

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purposes of this study are to a) evaluate teachers' attitudes towards inclusion and willingness to provide supports to students with special needs, b) evaluate teachers' willingness to collaborate and use co-teaching models after training, c) evaluate whether or not teachers feel more comfortable about inclusion, and d) evaluate whether or not teachers becomes more positive toward students with disabilities and willing to work with them in an inclusion setting. A total of 16 teachers, 9 general education and 7 special education participated in the study. A pre and post group design was used using a Likert Scale survey with 4 to 1 representing strong agreement to strong disagreement at the beginning and end of the training to compare teachers' opinions about inclusion and special education. Results show that all participants gained significantly higher scores in the areas of special education, instructional adaptation, co-teaching, and laws and regulations after the training. It indicates that teacher training could improve their understanding of inclusion and become positive towards students with special needs.

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