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Title: Teachers' attitudes towards the integration of children with special educational needs in ordinary schools : a cross-cultural study
Author: Theodoropoulou, Maria
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis examines the attitudes of teachers from two quite different educational contexts (i.e. that of Scotland and that of Greece) towards the integration of children with special educational needs (SENs) in ordinary schools in order to identify factors which may influence those attitudes. For the purpose of this study quantitative and qualitative data were gathered. A questionnaire was distributed to a sample of Scottish and Greek teachers, and in addition, ten case studies (five in Scotland and five in Greece) were conducted. From the analysis of the data, quantitative and qualitative, it appeared that Scottish teachers were slightly more positive than Greek teachers were in their attitude towards the idea of integration. Moreover, both Scottish and Greek teachers appeared to recognize that such policy can have social advantages for children with SENs, while they doubted the extent to which these children can benefit academically from their integration. The following factors appeared to influence Scottish and Greek teachers' attitudes towards integration: the nature and quality of initial and in-service training; the support which is provided to teachers in terms of advice, support staff and appropriate material; class size; and the degree and type of disability. In addition to the above factors, Greek teachers' attitudes were influenced by the following conditions: the conceptualization of special educational needs; the centrally administered curriculum; the whole-class method of instruction which is currently followed by the Greek teachers; and the lack of the appropriate educational environment and material.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.662834  DOI: Not available
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