Regular Primary Schoolteachers’ Attitudes towards Inclusive Education: A review of the literature

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The aim of this study is to examine what attitudes teachers hold towards inclusive education, which variables are related to their attitudes and if these affect the social participation of pupils with special needs in regular schools. A review of 26 studies revealed that the majority of teachers hold neutral or negative attitudes towards the inclusion of pupils with special needs in regular primary education. No studies reported clear positive results. Several variables are found which relate to teachers’ attitudes, such as training, experience with inclusive education and pupils’ type of disability. No conclusion could be drawn regarding the effects of teachers’ attitudes on the social participation of pupils with special needs, as none of the studies selected linked teachers’ attitudes directly to this type of pupils’ outcome, highlighting a gap in the research literature.

 

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