Presentation Title

Bahamian elementary school principals' and teachers' perceptions of inclusive education

Location

Room 2904 B

Session Format

Paper Presentation

Research Area Topic:

Education & Learning - Teaching, Learning & Human Development

Abstract

This proposed study will examine Bahamian elementary school principals‰Ûª and teachers‰Ûª perceptions of inclusive education as means to meeting needs of all students, particularly students with disabilities in grades one through six in New Providence, Bahamas. The overarching research question guiding the study is: What are Bahamian elementary schools principals‰Ûª and teachers‰Ûª perceptions of inclusive education. A case study research design will be utilized and a mixed method approach applied to the data collection and analysis. Data will be collected using a survey and one-to-one interviews. Murray (2012) and Stubbs (2009) identified school leadership and qualified teachers as key factors for successful implementation of inclusive education. Consequently, understanding the current perceptions of principals and teachers about inclusive education can benefit the development and sustainability of inclusive learning environments for Bahamian schools. This proposed study has merit in understanding what key stakeholders say about inclusive education and its viability in the Bahamian classroom. The results of the study can guide policymakers in how best to redistribute financial, human, and physical resources to make inclusive education a reality. Furthermore, the proposed study can make a valuable contribution to the literature on inclusive education in a Bahamian context.

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-16-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

4-16-2016 5:00 PM

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Bahamian elementary school principals' and teachers' perceptions of inclusive education

Room 2904 B

This proposed study will examine Bahamian elementary school principals‰Ûª and teachers‰Ûª perceptions of inclusive education as means to meeting needs of all students, particularly students with disabilities in grades one through six in New Providence, Bahamas. The overarching research question guiding the study is: What are Bahamian elementary schools principals‰Ûª and teachers‰Ûª perceptions of inclusive education. A case study research design will be utilized and a mixed method approach applied to the data collection and analysis. Data will be collected using a survey and one-to-one interviews. Murray (2012) and Stubbs (2009) identified school leadership and qualified teachers as key factors for successful implementation of inclusive education. Consequently, understanding the current perceptions of principals and teachers about inclusive education can benefit the development and sustainability of inclusive learning environments for Bahamian schools. This proposed study has merit in understanding what key stakeholders say about inclusive education and its viability in the Bahamian classroom. The results of the study can guide policymakers in how best to redistribute financial, human, and physical resources to make inclusive education a reality. Furthermore, the proposed study can make a valuable contribution to the literature on inclusive education in a Bahamian context.