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Knowledge, attitude and preparedness of teachers towards inclusive education in Ejisu - Juaben Municipality in Ashanti region of Ghana

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Wisdom, MK and Dwomoh, JA and Opoku, MP and Owusu, I and Ampratwum, J, Knowledge, attitude and preparedness of teachers towards inclusive education in Ejisu - Juaben Municipality in Ashanti region of Ghana, Journal of Disability Management and Special Education, 6, (2) pp. 1-15. ISSN 2229-5143 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

With the introduction of the pilot inclusive education in Ghana, many children with special needs have been enrolled in some of the mainstream schools together with their peers without special needs. They are being taught by general education teachers. However, some of these teachers may not be adequately prepared to handle children with special needs. This research was conducted to ascertain the level of knowledge and preparedness of teachers in five schools piloting inclusive education in the Ejisu Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The study utilized qualitative data collection method, and employed a purposive sampling technique to select 40 participants for the study. The findings of the study indicated that teachers in the schools chosen for the inclusive education programme had no adequate knowledge of the programme before it was introduced. Besides this major finding, the study also revealed other setbacks to inclusion such as inadequate preparation on the part of the teachers and negative attitude of teachers towards children with special needs. It is recommended, among others, that teachers in the mainstream schools are provided with intensive training on teaching special needs children in an inclusive setting to enable them to handle all categories of children with disabilities in their classrooms effectively.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Teachers, children with disabilities, attitudes, barriers
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:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Opoku, MP (Mr Maxwell Opoku)
ID Code:114183
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-08
Last Modified:2017-05-23
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