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Supporting Teachers to Support Inclusive Education

Just sharing a couple of "research digests" that I did as projects in graduate school this term...

In 1994, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the Salamanca Statement which resulted in a deliberate global movement towards inclusive education.In the years since education systems around the world have undergone changes in policy, structure, and organization.Despite these changes, there continues to be apprehension and debate about inclusive education and there is still much to do in creating the inclusive systems laid out in the Salamanca Statement.

When a child with a disability is educated in a general education classroom, the teacher is often faced new challenges and an added workload as, by the very nature of disability, accommodations will need to be made. It is a very real possibility that this could generate negative feelings in teachers towards the concept of inclusive education.Studies have shown that teacher attitude will…

The Continuum of Teacher Beliefs about Inclusive Education

Just sharing a couple of "research digests" that I did as projects in graduate school this term...

Parents of children with disabilities in the USA began forming advocacy groups to ensure access to education for their children during the 1950s.This opened school doors and led to the passing of the “Educational for All Handicapped Children Act” in 1975.To serve the needs of these students, a parallel special education system with its own practices, regulations, staff, teaching training approaches and assumptions emerged.This has created a dual-track education system where some feel the starting point for students with disabilities is an assumption of dis-belonging.

To counteract this concern, the idea of a single restructured inclusive education system where classrooms are able to meet the diverse educational needs of all students has emerged.This type of system is hard for many educators to imagine and it is impossible to create what cannot be imagined.Personal beliefs affect…