Preschool directors' attitudes towards the integration of children with disabilities into regular preschools in new south wales

Sandra Bochner, Moira Pieterse

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    Abstract

    The attitudes of preschool directors in New South Wales towards the integration of children with disabilities were surveyed using a questionnaire that had been developed in early studies in this area. Analysis of data showed that directors were most positive about children with mild impairments, for whom they felt they had appropriate training and resources. They were least positive about children who required additional help that was outside their regular duties. Skills required by teachers and directors involved in integration included general competence, knowledge of specialised techniques that are required and an ability to work with therapists, special advisors and other support staff. Directors who had postgraduate qualifications and those from community preschools tended to be more positive about integration than other groups. Overall, it was concluded that integration is most likely to be successful if children are placed in centres where staff are positive and feel they have the necessary skills.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-150
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989

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