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Applying the theory of planned behaviour in assessments of teachersí intentions towards practicing inclusive education: a scoping review


Opoku, MP and Cuskelly, M and Pedersen, SJ and Rayner, CS, Applying the theory of planned behaviour in assessments of teachers' intentions towards practicing inclusive education: a scoping review, European Journal of Special Needs Education ISSN 0885-6257 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08856257.2020.1779979


The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) captures important individual beliefs (attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behaviour control), which influence peopleís intentions towards performing a given behaviour. Due to the successful application of TPB to a number of areas of human activity, it has been adopted as a framework in a number of studies assessing teachersí intentions towards implementing inclusive education. However, little work has been done to synthesise these studies. In this study, we reviewed published studies on inclusive education (2007 to 2019), which used the TPB as a framework to understand reporting trends and identify research gaps. We followed the guidelines for the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA). Five keywords were used to search for studies in nine databases, which resulted in the identification of 604 papers, of which 22 satisfied the pre-set inclusion and quality assessment criteria. Although the findings from some studies confirm the ability of TPB to predict teachersí intentions, the link between the predictors and actual behaviour was unclear. Moreover, there was divergence between the findings of the qualitative and quantitative studies. Limitations, recommendations for future studies and implications for inclusive practice are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:inclusive education, disability, theory of planned behaviour, Ghana
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Inclusive education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Opoku, MP (Mr Max Opoku)
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, SJ (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Rayner, CS (Dr Christopher Rayner)
ID Code:142114
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-12-14
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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