Teachers' attitudes towards the inclusion of children with special educational needs in Jordanian ordinary schools

Amaireh, Saleem (2017) Teachers' attitudes towards the inclusion of children with special educational needs in Jordanian ordinary schools. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitudes of teachers towards inclusive education in Jordanian ‘ordinary’ schools. The first phase of the project reports questionnaire data from 367 teachers. Attitudes are examined in terms of three components: their beliefs and knowledge, feelings and behaviour. The results of the questionnaire revealed that ordinary teachers in Jordan hold relatively neutral views towards inclusive education. Several variables are found which relate to teachers’ attitudes; including training, experience of inclusive education and the type of disability.

The qualitative phase of the project involves a series of semi-structured interviews with nineteen teachers to explore their understanding, concerns and suggestions for improvement, regarding inclusive education. Findings suggest that although teachers are not against inclusion per se, they express concerns about implementation. Most teachers perceive they are unprepared and appear to need to be told ‘how to be’ inclusive.

A number of recommendations are made, these include: promoting a more positive attitude towards inclusion amongst the teaching profession, improving pre- and- in service training and support, and extending the role of resource rooms as provision for children with SEN.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Sellman, Edward
Emerson, Anne
Dearden, Jackie
Keywords: Education, Jordan, Special education, Children with disabilities, Teachers' attitudes
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1390 Education of special classes of persons
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 44620
Depositing User: Amaireh, Saleem
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 04:40
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 09:48
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44620

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