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Adequacy of the Regular Early Education Classroom Environment for Students With Visual Impairment

Brown, Cherylee, M., Packer, Tanya L., Passmore, Anne,

Academic Literature

2013

This study describes the classroom environment that students with visual impairment typically experience in regular Australian early education. Adequacy of the classroom environment (teacher training and experience, teacher support, parent involvement, adult involvement, inclusive attitude, individualization of the curriculum, physical environment, and vision aids) for students with visual impairment in early regular education was assessed.

A total of 20 students with visual impairment attending regular early education participated. In general, teacher-reported curriculum individualization and the physical environment were adequate. However, support provided for staff, teacher training, adult involvement, access to visual aids, and inclusive attitudes were less than adequate. More than 40% of students experienced inadequate environmental features. These results indicate that strategies to improve teacher training, support, attitudes, and access to vision aids are needed.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : The Journal of Special Education

Location : International

Domain/s: Education

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