Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law mandating that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education with access to the general curriculum offered to all students (inclusion). However, due to inadequate training within the existing teacher education programs, many schools struggle to fully implement inclusive classrooms. Interviews with in-service teachers, in conjunction with the observation of one teacher, were conducted to evaluate how each was trained and; subsequently, how they improved their skills and knowledge to effectively teach students with diverse learning needs. Wisdom, first-hand experience, and communication were the three main themes that teachers felt were necessary to implement successful inclusion in their classrooms. Techniques, tools, and methods of inclusive classrooms that were run successfully were collected by myself (the researcher) and organized into a booklet for teachers to view as an enhancement tool of their teaching skills.
Aldrich, Kristina Elizabeth, "Preparation of teachers teaching inclusive classrooms : a step to mend inadequate teacher preparation" (2013). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 314.