Review: typically-developing students’ views and experiences of inclusive education

Bates, Helen, McCafferty, Aileen, Quayle, Ethel and McKenzie, Karen (2015) Review: typically-developing students’ views and experiences of inclusive education. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 (21). pp. 1929-1939. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose: The present review aimed to summarize and critique existing qualitative studies that have examined typically-developing students’ views of inclusive education (i.e. the policy of teaching students with special educational needs in mainstream settings).

Methods: Guidelines from the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination were followed, outlining the criteria by which journal articles were identified and critically appraised. Narrative Synthesis was used to summarize findings across studies.

Results: Fourteen studies met the review’s inclusion criteria and were subjected to quality assessment. Analysis revealed that studies were of variable quality: three were of “good” methodological quality, seven of “medium” quality, and four of “poor” quality. With respect to findings, three overarching themes emerged: students expressed mostly negative attitudes towards peers with disabilities; were confused by the principles and practices of inclusive education; and made a number of recommendations for improving its future provision.

Conclusions: A vital determinant of the success of inclusive education is the extent to which it is embraced by typically-developing students. Of concern, this review highlights that students tend not to understand inclusive education, and that this can breed hostility towards it. More qualitative research of high methodological quality is needed in this area.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inclusive education, psychosocial, qualitative systematic review, special educational needs, students’ perceptions, support for learning
Subjects: C800 Psychology
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 08:39
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:27

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