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Understanding of inclusive education practices among parents in Ghana


Amponteng, M and Opoku, MP and Agyei-Okyere, E and Afriyie, SA and Tawiah, R, Understanding of inclusive education practices among parents in Ghana, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 19, (3) pp. 203-219. ISSN 1471-3802 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/1471-3802.12443


The significant contribution of parents towards education of children has been well explored in the literature. In effort towards practicing inclusive education, parents have been urged to work closely with teachers in order to sustain inclusive practices. In Ghana, the Inclusive Education Policy document has reiterated the need for diverse stakeholders, including parents, to be involved in implementation of inclusive education. However, not much has been done to assess the perceptions of parents regarding inclusive education practices in schools. We adapted Parent Attitude Towards Inclusive Education survey questionnaire to examine attitude, knowledge and social norm influencing inclusive practices among parents. We used Ajzen’s theory of planned behaviour (TPB) as framework to assess the perceptions of 411 parents, selected from two regions in Ghana. We calculated means, t-test, analysis of variance, correlation and regression to understand variables which will impact on perception of parents. Although there was relationship between the three TPB variables of attitudes, knowledge and social norms, parents indicated low knowledge about inclusive practices. Also, there was no significant difference between parents of children with disabilities and those with typical developing children. Limitations, recommendation for future study and educating parents about inclusive practices are discussed extensively.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parents, inclusive education, Ghana, attitudes, knowledge, social norms
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Opoku, MP (Mr Max Opoku)
UTAS Author:Afriyie, SA (Miss Sally Afriyie)
ID Code:150564
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-06-21
Last Modified:2022-06-21

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