The Importance Of Inclusion In Education

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An SSA teacher stated that it is difficult to teach children with disabilities in regular schools. She expressed that they do not know how to teach such children. Here it is impossible to teach such children… We do not know how to take care of them. We have no idea of what to teach them. Most of the times they remain dull and passive, it yields lot of trouble and thwarts the learning process… If others put themselves in our shoes, they will come to know how difficult it is to teach a disabled child without getting a good training (SSA Primary Teacher, Interview). An SSA teacher reported of inadequate nature of their training on disability. The training covers only a small section on disability which is not sufficient in nature. There is no…show more content…
Teachers’ dependence on resources is a prominent reason for lack of inclusive practices in schools. Many teachers expressed that they are not against inclusion of children with disabilities but that they need adequate resources to implement inclusion. They believed that inclusion cannot be implemented without resources. The common observation showed that teachers in nearly all types of school settings had given more importance to resources instead of having strong commitment for doing inclusion. They were more concerned with the availability of special resources instead of initiating optimum utilization of whatever resources available. It is obvious that inclusion gets facilitated with availability of adequate resources but it does not depend solely on resources. Some specific research studies (Croll & Moses, 2000; Hodkinson, 2005) reported that whilst a majority of teachers would support the concept of inclusive education they can do so only with commitments. In relation to resource availability, Hammond & Ingalls (2003) and Van Reusen et al. (2001) noted that teachers who had positive attitudes towards children with disabilities were ready to accept and teach them even without any kind of special resources and method approached training. This implies that teachers should avoid considering lack of resources as an excuse for not…show more content…
Parents’ engagement in facilitating inclusion of their children would benefit the quality of the services and would make it possible that these practices will actually address the real needs of their children with disabilities. The findings of this study indicated poor link between teachers and parents. In the present study, majority of teachers reported of not involving parents of children with disabilities in school processes. Parents of children with disabilities also reported that teachers were reluctant to involve them in school activities. Many parents had reported of not knowing what is happening in their child’s school. They reported of being poorly informed about the progress of their children. Missing link between school and home was noted mainly in AWCs and SSA schools. Both teachers and parents had complaints from each other. It was reflected from the findings that the main difference between parents and teachers is one of power and poor collaboration. Teachers act within school in isolated way and are backed up by laws, regulations, structure, resources, status, and emotional distance which generally resist them to seek parental support. Parents have their own family and occupation life due to which they find it difficult to get involved in school. However, they are bothered about their children and they just expect from

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