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Disability and Equity in Education

2013

Salem State University

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Teachers' Views Of Inclusion And Social Development: A Comparative Analysis Of Practices And Beliefs, Lindsay Lavalley Dec 2013

Teachers' Views Of Inclusion And Social Development: A Comparative Analysis Of Practices And Beliefs, Lindsay Lavalley

Honors Theses

This thesis examines teachers' attitudes towards social skill development and beliefs towards inclusion and social integration in their young students with disabilities, while also examining some of their current practices. With the increasing push toward integrating classrooms, it is important to pay attention to how teachers are adapting to having more students with disabilities in their classrooms and how they are approaching developing social skills among their students. Children with special needs can be at a disadvantage because of the decreased amount of attention paid to their socialization.

A sample of elementary teachers, special education teachers, administrators and counselors were ...