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Confidence in their own ability: postgraduate early childhood students examining their attitudes towards inclusive education

Cologon, Kathy,

Academic Literature

2012

This study explores reflections of a group of postgraduate early childhood students in relation to their self‐reported attitudes towards inclusive education.

Participants undertook individual self‐directed projects in which they identified, researched and provided recommendations to address issues of particular concern to them in relation to inclusive early childhood education. Participants’ written reflections were also examined to understand the changing attitudes of pre‐service early childhood teachers over the course of one university semester.

The findings of this provide some evidence to suggest that engaging in self‐reflection on attitudes and beliefs, along with developing practical skills for educating children of diverse abilities, may lead to more positive views of inclusive education. Furthermore, the importance of developing confidence in the ability to teach all children is highlighted through the student comments and responses.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : International Journal of Inclusive Education

Location : International

Domain/s: Education

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