Exploring private school teachers’ perspectives on inclusive education: a case study

Nwoko, Joy Chikaodi, Crowe, Melissa J., Malau-Aduli, Aduli E.O., and Malau-Aduli, Bunmi S. (2022) Exploring private school teachers’ perspectives on inclusive education: a case study. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 26 (1). pp. 77-92.

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The challenge of educating children with special educational needs in the same mainstream classroom settings as their peers has been recognised internationally. Research suggests mainstream teachers are inadequately prepared for inclusive education. Herein, we explored teachers’ views on inclusive practice using a descriptive qualitative study design with semi-structured interviews and classroom observations in a mainstream private school. The participants comprised five mainstream classroom teachers, three learning support teachers and two teacher aides observed in four inclusive classrooms. Thematic analysis identified four major themes: Experience grows confidence; Available support; Resource needs and Changing mind-sets. Most participants did not receive formal inclusive practice training prior to commencing teaching and only acquired skills through teaching experience. The importance of administrative support, human resources, regular in-service training, changing mindsets and barriers to effective practices, including teaching undiagnosed children were major highlights emphasised by participants. Although the findings of this study are specific to the chosen mainstream inclusive primary school, the outcomes of the study could be beneficial to other primary education stakeholders as it has the potential to facilitate effective inclusive educational practice in the classroom.

Item ID: 58576
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5173
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 02:20
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 50%
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