M.A. in Learning Disabilities
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Children with disabilities--Education (Elementary); Elementary school teachers--Attitudes; Mainstreaming in education
Disability and Equity in Education
The purpose of the study was to determine if general educators felt they were meeting the diverse needs of classified students in the mainstream setting. The sample consisted of twenty teachers from an elementary school in an affluent community. The classification of the special education students ranged from perceptually impaired to emotionally disturbed. A questionnaire consisting of four open ended questions was distributed and content analysis methodology was used to analyze the responses. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed felt they had a positive experience teaching the special education student, while thirty percent expressed negative experiences and fifteen percent of the teachers could not decide if their experience was positive or negative. Those surveyed expressed the need for more information about the special education children they are to teach as well as staff training and appropriately trained paraprofessionals.
Myers, Judith A., "A study of general education teachers' perceptions of their ability to provide effective instruction in an inclusive model" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 2194.