Seeing eye-to-eye: Are parents and professionals in agreement about the benefits of preschool inclusion?

  • Seery M
  • Davis P
  • Johnson L
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Abstract

In this study, 52 early childhood professionals and parents of children with and without disabilities were questioned both at the beginning and at the end of a full school year regarding their hopes and concerns about inclusion. Results suggest that at the broadest category levels, both groups show agreement about the benefits and concerns related to inclusion, and little shift was noted from the beginning to the end of the study. Differences emerged at the subcategory levels, especially in regard to the future of inclusion. Both parents and teaching professionals/staff indicated some concern about general education preschool teachers' preparation to meet the needs of children with complex special needs. Implications for practice and needs for future research are explored. The response category definitions are appended. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Author-supplied keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Disorders
  • Educational Personnel
  • Mainstreaming (Educational)
  • Parental Attitudes
  • Preschool Education
  • Preschool Students
  • Teacher Attitudes
  • early childhood professionals vs parents with vs w
  • hopes & concerns about inclusion at beginning vs e

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Authors

  • Mary Ellen Seery

  • Pegi M Davis

  • Lawrence J Johnson

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