Teachers' attitudes to the integration of students with disabilities into regular schools: Policy to practice?

Year: 1991

Author: Rice, Mary, Mousley, Judith A., Tregenza, Karen

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In Victoria, the right of all children to be educated in a regular school has been Ministerial policy since 1984. However, the issue of integration is problematical because of the ways that practitioners interpret this policy. One of the crucial factors which determines the relative success of integration is teacher attitudes to disability and to curriculum. This paper summarises the findings of our research into teacher attitudes. It is argued that it is folly to develop policies which define "what will be" without careful consideration of "what is".