The Gap Between Beliefs and Practices: Early Childhood Practitioners' Perceptions About Inclusion. The Gap Between Beliefs and Practices: Early Childhood Practitioners' Perceptions About Inclusion.

The Gap Between Beliefs and Practices: Early Childhood Practitioners' Perceptions About Inclusion‪.‬

Journal of Research in Childhood Education 2007, Spring, 21, 3

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Abstract. Due to education policy changes, increasing numbers of young children with disabilities are attending inclusive programs. Professionals in these settings need to have corresponding beliefs and skills so that young children with disabilities can succeed with their peers. This exploratory study examined inclusive beliefs and corresponding practices of Head Start and public pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) professionals. Results indicate that Head Start and Pre-K professionals shared similar and positive beliefs about inclusion. In regard to inclusive practices and general strategies (e.g., arranging the environment, working with families), their responses were also similar. However, they were less certain of specialized strategies, including implementing individualized education plans (IEPs), utilizing alternate forms of communication, and positioning young children with motor impairments. Implications for research, policy, and practice are discussed. **********

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2007
22 March
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
27
Pages
PUBLISHER
Association for Childhood Education International
SIZE
235
KB

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