An Investigation into the Attitudes of Teachers towards Inclusion in a Post-Primary School in Ireland
Keywords:Inclusion, Inclusive Education, SEN, Special Educational Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Post-Primary
This article reports findings from a small-scale study of the attitudes of teachers in a large community school to the inclusion of students with special educational needs (SEN). International research has considered the impact of a wide range of student-, teacher- and school-related factors on teacher attitude to inclusion and this study explored the extent to which such factors might influence teacher attitude in an Irish mainstream post-primary school. The overall fíndings in relation to teacher attitude to inclusion and the evidence regarding the influence of teacher and childrelated variables are presented and discussed in brief. However, the main focus is on the impact of environment-related variables i.e. those aspects of the school environment which the teachers felt support and challenge them regarding inclusion.
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