Development of one education system for all school children: The significance of teachers' attitudes



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This paper reports on a study that investigated the attitudes of 260 primary and secondary school teachers in Trinidad towards mainstreaming of children with special needs into normal schools. Attitudes were compared on such variables as sex, teaching level, experience, training, and support services received using the “Attitude Toward Mainstreaming Scale.” Findings suggest that teachers had a relatively neutral attitude towards mainstreaming of children with special needs. Factors that impact on teacher attitudes are identified, and recommendations made for development of appropriate approaches to achieving mainstreaming.


Biennial Cross-Campus Conference on Education, 2nd, St. Augustine, Trinidad, 22-24 April, 1992
The University of the West Indies, Faculty of Education

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regular class placement, special needs students, teachers' attutudes