Date Approved

6-21-2019

Embargo Period

8-2-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Second Advisor

Accardo, Amy

Third Advisor

Shuff, Midge

Subject(s)

Inclusive education--New Jersey; Teachers--New Jersey

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

Students in the Brick Township School District in Brick, New Jersey are taught in inclusive classrooms, meaning that students with special needs learn alongside their typically developing peers. The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of teachers and their attitudes toward inclusion practices and to examine the factors that influence those attitudes. Brick School District teachers were invited to respond to an online questionnaire to share their views on inclusive education. Teachers' attitudes were discovered to be related to their beliefs regarding school factors, including support from administration and access to adequate professional development opportunities. Furthermore, teachers' attitudes were found to be more positive when they had greater knowledge and training.

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