In preparation for conducting my doctoral research, I interviewed administrators about teachers working with 3-5-year-old children with disabilities in preschool settings. The administrators reported that many teachers expressed positive attitudes regarding inclusion but decreased self-efficacy regarding their ability to instruct children with disabilities. I am currently developing a participant pool as I formally investigate the relationship between child outcomes upon exit from preschool and teachers' self-efficacy and attitudes toward inclusion. Thanks in advance for any feedback or interest you have in this project.
Thank you so much for your response to my post. I am interested in your perspective regarding how you rated students on assessments. Are the assessments you mention part of outcome measures of students with IEPs? Also, did the presence of typically developing students impact your feelings of efficacy when teaching or assessing students with disabilities? Thanks again!
Thank you for your perspective. I agree with your comment that teachers need tools that increase their ability to support students with cultural, economic, and developmental differences. I have witnessed many teachers burn out while attempting to provide ideal accommodations within the reality of the classroom. We currently use job-embedded coaching and demonstration teaching to help staff learn new skills. What kinds of tools do your teachers currently utilize? Also, what kinds of professional development activities do you utilize to help teachers gain new skills? Thanks again!