n Journal of Educational Studies - The challenges faced by student teachers towards inclusion of learners with special educational needs in the mainstream
|Article Title||The challenges faced by student teachers towards inclusion of learners with special educational needs in the mainstream|
|© Publisher:||University of Venda|
|Journal||Journal of Educational Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Tshwane University of Technology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||98 - 110|
|Keyword(s)||Attitude, Inclusive education, Special educational needs and Student teachers|
The purpose of the study was: (a) to explore student teachers' attitudes towards the inclusion of learners with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms; (b) to establish the knowledge and attitude of the student teachers in facilitating inclusive education classroom. A sample of one hundred and twenty third-year B.Ed students from a university of technology participated in the study. These students were enrolled for a teacher education qualification and inclusive education topic was covered in education module. A questionnaire was used to collect data in this study. The study found that student teachers have positive attitudes towards an inclusive classroom. They agree that it enhances social interaction and thus minimises negative attitudes towards learners with special needs. The study also found that collaboration between mainstream and the special education teachers is important and that there should be clear guidelines on the implementation of inclusive education. More efforts are needed for teaching student teachers how to function in the multi-faced classroom with both normal learners and those with disabilities in the same class. The findings of the study have significant implications for the university lecturer, teachers, and other stakeholders who are directly and indirectly involved in implementing inclusive education.
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