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Teacher attitudes on the effect of inclusion on students without disabilities

by Riegert, Jesse.

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There has been much debate about the effects of inclusion on students without disabilities since the passage of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act in 1975. The majority of research has found that inclusion has benefits for students with and without disabilities. The purpose of this study was to investigate and determine teacher attitudes regarding the effects of inclusion on students without disabilities in the areas of academic performance, behavior, and social relationships. A survey with 15 statements regarding inclusion was distributed to 122 elementary teachers in five different elementary schools in rural Wisconsin. Thirty-eight teachers participated in the study by completing the 15 statement survey. The survey used a 5-point Likert-type scale, with " Don't know " also listed as a response. Room for additional comments was also available for each statement. The results of this study indicated that overall, teachers have neutral or positive attitudes regarding inclusion and the effects it has on general education students. Teachers were particularly supportive of the social benefits inclusion has for all students. After analysis of the data, the following recommendations were made. First, distribute a larger number of surveys in order to obtain more responses. Second, schools need to review the number of disruptions students create throughout the school day. Third, teachers should track their time in the classroom and determine the amount of time spent with general education students and students with IEP's. Fourth, teachers need to push more school involvement in gifted and talented programs. Fifth, future research should focus on specific disabilities and the effects of these disabilities in inclusive classrooms.
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:inclusive education students with disabilities teachers wisconsin

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