Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Inclusive education; Mainstreaming in education;
This study was done in an effort to identify hidden perspectives and attitudes held by parents, students, and teachers that may create a barrier to successful inclusion of students with special needs into education programs at one middle school. Surveys were distributed to randomly selected parents of special education students, parents of regular education students, special education students, regular education students, special education teachers, and regular education teachers at an intermediate school in Iowa. Results of the surveys were used to determine each group's positive and negative attitudes toward inclusion. The results of this study indicate that overall perspectives and attitudes about inclusive practices for special needs students were are positive. However, certain barriers prevented inclusion from being fully welcomed. Barriers included a lack of collaboration time for teachers, a lack of training in serving special needs students, and a lack of willingness to accept change. These barriers were addressed in this paper within seven recommendations to include such changes as adopting the 12 characteristics of a successful inclusive school, allowing time for collaboration, and providing the proper inclusive training for teachers and staff.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Middle Level Education
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©2006 Rea-Eleene Woolley
Woolley, Rea-Eleene, "Uncovering perspectives and attitudes toward inclusion : a study of parents, students and teachers" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 1781.