Perceptions of Turkish Preschool Teachers’ about Their Roles within the Context of Inclusive Education

Keywords: Inclusion, Preschool teachers, Role perception

Abstract

The roles and responsibilities of preschool teachers are principal factors in the success of inclusive practices. Teachers should be aware of their roles and act accordingly in order to be effective in inclusive settings. The aim of this study is to evaluate preschool teachers’ perceptions of their roles within the context of inclusion education. The participants were 19 preschool teachers with students with disabilities in their inclusive classrooms. Based on semi-structured interviews with the teachers, their role perceptions are discussed under six themes. Teachers are aware of some, but not all of their roles and responsibilities required of them by the relevant special law. They have significant deficiencies in knowledge and strategies necessary to adequately fulfill their legallydefined roles.

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Published
2019-07-05
How to Cite
Gezer, M. S., & Aksoy, V. (2019). Perceptions of Turkish Preschool Teachers’ about Their Roles within the Context of Inclusive Education. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 11(1), 31-42. https://doi.org/10.20489/intjecse.583541