Teachers’ views of their preparation for inclusive education and collaboration

Alison L. Zagona, Jennifer A. Kurth, Stephanie Z.C. MacFarland

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There is a need to advance inclusive education for students with significant disabilities, and one way to support this effort is to ensure educators have expertise in, and are prepared to implement, inclusive practices. We surveyed and interviewed general and special education teachers to understand their experiences and preparation to demonstrate skills associated with inclusive education and collaboration and identify the factors that may contribute to their preparation. There was a relationship between educators’ preparedness for inclusive education and whether they have taken university courses or had special training on inclusive education. Analysis of interviews with a subset of participants supported this finding and provided a deeper understanding of the educators’ preparation and experiences in implementing inclusive practices for students with significant disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-178
Number of pages16
JournalTeacher Education and Special Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Inclusive education
  • Teacher preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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