Readiness of Pre-Service Special Educators for Inclusive Education
- Author Dr. R. Shilpa Manogna
- Co-Author R. Rebekah Nivedita, Ram Niwas
- Country : India
- Subject : Special Education
Teacher education programs have undergone major reforms in the country so as to equip pre-service teachers with inclusive skills, knowledge, attitudes and values which are very critical for successful implementation of inclusive eéducation. Pre-service teachers’ readiness and preparedness plays a vital role. RCI has envisaged the situation and has framed new curriculum especially in the field of special education to meet the growing demands for inclusive teachers. The purpose of the present study was to find out the views and readiness of pre-service special educators in light of the new curriculum. The sample included 30 final year pre-service teacher trainees undergoing training in the field of Special Education - Mental Retardation. Descriptive survey design method was used by the researchers. The study revealed mixed results. The findings of the study revealed that majority of the participants wished to include all the children with disabilities. Study also revealed that participants were prepared to meet the needs of the various children with disabilities but had their own concerns regarding their personal competency, practical exposure especially with regard to other disabilities.