Beyond disabilities: broadening the view of special needs and the inclusive education challenges facing primary teachers

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Fields, Barry A.. 2007. "Beyond disabilities: broadening the view of special needs and the inclusive education challenges facing primary teachers ." Jeffery, Peter L. (ed.) International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2006): Engaging Pedagogies. Adelaide, Australia 27 - 30 Nov 2006 Melbourne, Australia.
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Beyond disabilities: broadening the view of special needs and the inclusive education challenges facing primary teachers

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AuthorFields, Barry A.
EditorsJeffery, Peter L.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2006)
ERA Conference ID50546
Number of Pages16
Year2007
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aare.edu.au/pubdet.htm
Conference/EventInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2006): Engaging Pedagogies
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
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International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2006): Engaging Pedagogies
Event Date
27 to end of 30 Nov 2006
Event Location
Adelaide, Australia
Event Details
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract

Previous research on teacher attitudes and responses to inclusion has focused predominantly on the pedagogical challenges posed by students with disabilities in regular classrooms. The special education literature has been slow to recognise the significance of the impact of student diversity on the work of teachers and the reality that classrooms are populated with children who, while they may not have a recognised disability, nevertheless have a wide variety of special educational needs. This paper reports the findings of a study of the relative inclusive education challenges posed to primary teachers of a diverse group of students. Teachers were presented with 14 case descriptions of students in the form of vignettes. The students depicted where characterised has having special needs associated with such factors as disability, cultural background, dysfunctional family background, emotional/psychiatric condition, socio-economic disadvantage, mobility, homelessness etc. The teachers were asked to rate the students depicted in the vignettes on the level of difficulty they would have in providing an inclusive education for them and to identify what specific characteristics or attributes of the students they would find most challenging. This paper reports the findings of this survey and discusses the implications of the findings for both pre-service and in-service professional development

Keywordsinclusive education; special education; disability; primary school
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390410. Multicultural education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples)
390411. Special education and disability
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