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A Study of General Educators’ Attitudes and Perceived Preparedness Toward Teaching Students with Disabilities

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22-4-2017 9:00 AM

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Author Abstract: The education of students with disabilities has been the subject of numerous debates and legislative policy changes in the United States. Federal legislation that mandated public schools to include students with disabilities in general education classrooms was the impetus for designing the current study. This study explored the attitudes of general educators at the high school level as well as how prepared teachers perceived themselves to be in regards to their ability to teach students with disabilities. The primary goal of this research was to determine whether general educators felt prepared to meet the growing needs of students with various disabilities within an inclusive classroom. The Scale of Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Inclusive Classrooms (STATIC), was used in the study to measure teachers’ attitudes toward inclusion. Sixty-one general education teachers participated in the study. The researcher analyzed and made recommendations using SPSS. Results from the Pearson Correlation Coefficient were calculated and indicated that there was a statistically significant relationship between Attitude Factor 1 and the number of special education courses taken. The study produced implications for on-going professional development that would benefit general educators seeking to positively impact the learning of students with disabilities. Cohort XI

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Apr 22nd, 9:00 AM

A Study of General Educators’ Attitudes and Perceived Preparedness Toward Teaching Students with Disabilities