Faculty Publications

Title

A Preliminary Survey of Professional and Student Opinion of Special Education Practice in Contemporary Russia

Document Type

Article

Keywords

defectology, educational issues and practices, Russia, survey

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities

Volume

28

Issue

2

First Page

91

Last Page

100

Abstract

Despite pervasive political, economic, and social changes in Russia since the collapse of Soviet rule, it remains uncertain what changes have occurred in special education in the last decade. The purpose of this study was to survey the perceptions of a sample of special educators about the status of special education in contemporary Russia. In addition, the respondents were asked what factors needed to be addressed to produce systems change. Results indicated that the majority of respondents were knowledgeable of and in support of inclusion practices advocated in the United States and Western Europe. However, belief in traditional practices of placing individuals with disabilities in more segregated settings that are somewhat in conflict with contemporary values was also evident. The implications of these findings are discussed. © 2003, TASH. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2003

DOI of published version

10.2511/rpsd.28.2.91

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