An empirical study on teachers' perceptions towards inclusive education in Malaysia

Manisah Mohd. Ali, Ramlee Mustapha, Zalizan Mohd Jelas

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The hallmark of inclusive education is the teachers' willingness to accept students with special needs. Their attitudes and knowledge about inclusive education are important as these are indicators of such willingness. The purpose of this study was to examine teachers' attitudes and their perceived knowledge towards inclusive education in Malaysia. The respondents (n=235) were the mainstream and special education teachers in the public primary and secondary schools. They were given a set of questionnaire which sought their responses regarding their attitudes and knowledge towards inclusive education. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics such as frequency and percentages. The main finding shows that, in general, teachers have positive attitudes towards inclusive education. They agreed that inclusive education enhances social interaction and inclusion among the students and thus, it minimizes negative stereotypes on special needs students. The findings also show that collaboration between the mainstream and the special education teachers is important and that there should be a clear guideline on the implementation of inclusive education. The findings of the study have significant implications to the school administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders who directly and indirectly involved in implementing inclusive education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-44
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Special Education
Volume21
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Special Education
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special education
teacher attitude
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Interpersonal Relations
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inclusion
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An empirical study on teachers' perceptions towards inclusive education in Malaysia. / Mohd. Ali, Manisah; Mustapha, Ramlee; Jelas, Zalizan Mohd.

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