A Qualitative Study of Classroom Teachers' Knowledge, Training, and Attitude Toward Inclusion

A Qualitative Study of Classroom Teachers' Knowledge, Training, and Attitude Toward Inclusion

Author: 
Angila Moffitt
Program of study: 
Ed.D./CI
Abstract: 
General and special education teachers in an inclusion-learning environment struggle to meet the special needs of students with learning impairments. In line with this, the purpose of this study was to conduct an examination of the type of teacher (special education or general education) and the knowledge, training, and attitudes of the teachers in the general and special education secondary-level classes within three school districts in the state of Iowa. A quantitative comparative research was appropriate to identify the differences between the independent (type of teacher) and dependent variables (teachers’ knowledge, training, and attitude towards inclusion of students with impairment in learning) by determining significant differences of the values of the dependent variables across the two groups of the independent variable. The findings from this research provide evidence that both sets of teachers enter an inclusion classroom with similar attitudes, knowledge, and training toward inclusion practices that influence students with learning disabilities. The impact and implications of the study were relevant for both the public and private school teachers. The main conclusions drawn from this study were that both groups of teachers are equivalently prepared in terms of attitude, knowledge, and training to teach students with learning disabilities in an inclusion classroom setting. Both groups of teachers’ attitudes, knowledge, and training toward inclusion practices influence student learning either positively or negatively based upon many factors. The main recommendation in this study was to conduct a replicated study with different teachers in different regions to see if the results are the same with different demographics, culture, and socioeconomically factors.