Inclusive Education for Students with Visual Impairments in Lao People’s Democratic Republic: a Qualitative Study

Yangxia Lee, Tavee Cheausuwantavee, Kelly Roberts

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to explore the perspectives of teachers, students and parents on practices used in inclusive education (IE) settings for students with visual impairments. Their perspectives were then used to create a proposed suitable inclusive education model for these students in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Method: A qualitative study was designed. The 20 participants included teachers, parents and students with visual impairments. Data was collected through focus groups, in-depth interviews, and non-participatory observations. Results: It was found that inclusive education has been prioritised in Lao PDR. However, special schools or centres are still needed to teach students Braille and enable them to complete grades 1 and 2 before entering inclusive primary schools in the neighbourhood. Conclusion: An inclusive education policy exists, but guidelines for implementation are missing, and coordination and cooperation among stakeholders is poor. The inclusive education model proposed by the study consists of clear policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-97
Number of pages21
JournalAsia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2023

Keywords

  • disability
  • inclusive education
  • Lao PDR
  • perspectives
  • visual impairments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Community and Home Care

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