A STUDY OF ATTITUDE OF PUPIL TEACHERS TOWARDS INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
Dr. Manju Jain
Inclusive education is the practice that provides school experiences to children with disability or special needs in the same school and classrooms where normal students get education. Inclusive Education is the practice of educating students with moderate to severe disabilities alongside children without disabilities in general classrooms within their home neighbourhood schools (Brown et al. 1983). Attitude as a concept is concerned with an individual way of thinking, acting and behaving. Attitudes are formed as a result of some kind of learning experiences. A descriptive study by survey method was conducted to know attitude of pupil teachers towards inclusive education. The sample for the present study comprised of 240 pupil teachers from various teacher education colleges located at Faridabad district of Haryana selected randomly. There were equal numbers of male and female pupil teachers. Teacher’s attitude scale towards inclusive education standardized and validated by Vishal Sood and Arti Anand was used for the collection of data. Statistical Treatment such as mean, Standard Deviation and t-test were used to analyse and interpret the data. The findings of the study show that there existed a significant difference between male and female pupil teachers’ attitude towards inclusive education. Female pupil teachers were found to be more positive towards inclusive education than their counterpart the male pupil teachers.
KEY WORDS: Attitude, Inclusive Education, Pupil Teachers