Faculty Publications

Title

Teaching students with disabilities in inclusive science classrooms: Survey results

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Science Education

Volume

82

Issue

2

First Page

127

Last Page

146

Abstract

Inclusive classrooms are beecoming the norm in schools, fulfilling the instructional needs of students with disabilities in regular K-12 classrooms. However, little evidence exists describing the experiences, preparedness and attitudes held by educators who are teaching or who are preparing teachers. The results of a survey of elementary teachers, middle and high school level science teachers, and university science educators are reported in this article. The results indicate that teacher education programs reflect little commitment to preparing or in-servicing science teachers to work effectively with students who have disabilities. This study provides evidence that teachers of science and professors teaching science methods have had little training and experience in teaching students with disabilities, are not aware of the research on best practice as it applies to students with disabilities, and often hold stereotypical views of what students with disabilities can and cannot do. Additionally, they are receptive to receiving additional training in teaching science to students with disabilities. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons. Inc.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1002/(SICI)1098-237X(199804)82:2<127::AID-SCE1>3.0.CO;2-G

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