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High school teachers' attitudes towards inclusion: a Canadian perspective
Cayer, Randeen M.
Brandon University, Faculty of Education
xiv, 117 pages : charts, graphs
Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-94).
"In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education."
This study investigated Canadian high school teachers’ attitudes towards inclusion of students with special education needs into the general classroom environment. Teachers’ cognitive, affective and behavioral attitudes towards inclusion were examined. Data was collected using a 7-point Likert scale survey called the Inclusion Scale for High School Teachers created by Dr. Catherine Ernst (2006). The survey, which included a demographic questionnaire as well as cognitive, affective and behavioral attitude statements regarding inclusive practices, was conducted with a population of 150 high school teachers from a single urban school division in a large city in central Canada. Participants’ demographic information was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The Somers' Delta (Somers’ D) statistic was used to determine the strength and relatedness of independent variables of teacher demographics and school environmental variables with the dependent variable of teacher attitude. Findings showed that high school teachers’ attitudes towards inclusion were more positive than negative. It was found that teachers’ behavioral attitudes towards inclusion were most positive while their affective attitudes towards inclusion were least positive. The demographic variables with the greatest influence on teacher attitudes towards inclusion were: (a) experience as lead teacher in an inclusive setting, (b) access to human resources and supports, and (c) professional development and training related to inclusion. This study is of particular importance as it is the first study to focus specifically on Canadian high school teachers’ attitudes towards inclusion. Keywords: high school, teachers, inclusion, attitude
High school teachers--Canada--AttitudesInclusive education--Canada
Brandon University.Faculty of Education