Attitudes Towards Inclusive Schooling – Students, TEachers and Parents

In the school year 2016/17, Prof. Susanne Schwab from the University of Graz together with her team surveyed 37 schools (48 classes of the fourth grade) in Styria as part of a large study. The project called "ATIS-STEP" (Attitudes Towards Inclusive Schooling Students, TEachers and Parents) aims to shed light on the situation of school inclusion. Various people (teachers, pupils and parents) were asked to fill in questionnaires about the current situation. In addition, some persons (in total 12 teachers, 24 pupils and 12 parents) were interviewed about the current situation and opportunities for improvement.

The results should show what is going well in those classes. For example, important questions are whether children feel at home in school, whether they have friends and how they think about the common teaching of pupils with and without special needs. Initial results show that girls and mothers are more open to the joint teaching of children with and without special needs than boys and fathers. Further results also show that girls feel more comfortable in their classes compared to boys.

Further analyses are currently being carried out and will be presented at a project conference next year on 26 February at 4 p. m. at the Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark. With the help of the knowledge gained, valuable impulses are to be provided which should flow into future teacher training as well as further training opportunities for teachers on the one hand.

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