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The state of special schools in Ghana: perceptions of special educators in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana


Opoku, MP, The state of special schools in Ghana: perceptions of special educators in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana, Turkish International Journal of Special Education and Guidance & Counselling, 5, (1) pp. 22-38. ISSN 1300-7432 (2016) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Special education is aimed at providing a wide range of services to enable children who need special assistance, logistics and teaching methods to participate in the educational system. Special schools perform these functions by providing children with disabilities the support they need to participate in teaching and learning. This study investigated the state of special schools in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana. The aim was to assess conditions in the schools, from the perspectives of special educators, to ascertain if the schools were preforming the functions for which they have established. An in-depth interview was conducted with 20 participants, made up of special education officials at the national head office, district special education coordinators, headmasters and teachers of special schools. The results from the study suggest that special schools in the two regions were ill-resourced and were turning out students with low academic and vocational achievements. These findings are discussed in relation to the purpose of special education and the commitment of government to provide quality education for children with disabilities.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:Children with disabilities, general education, special education, Ghana
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Opoku, MP (Mr Max Opoku)
ID Code:114182
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-08
Last Modified:2017-03-28

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