Knowledge and Attitudes of Special Education Teachers Towards the Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Feras Al Salahat, Rozniza. Zaharudin Baxodirovna

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This study aimed to find out the attitudes of special education teachers about including students with autism spectrum disorder in general education schools and the extent of their knowledge of autism spectrum disorder in the United Arab Emirat) Abu Dhabi (. To achieve the objectives of the study, a tool (a questionnaire) was adopted to identify their knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and their attitudes towards including them in schools. The study sample consisted of (N = 80 special educators). Data for this study was collected by distributing online questionnaires to all participants.


The results of the study showed that 68% of the participants in the stud correctly answered the questionnaire on knowing the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder, as well as 73% of the participants in the study showed positive attitudes about including students with autism spectrum disorder in regular schools. The study suggested providing training programs to raise the level of teachers’ knowledge of autism spectrum disorder, as well as to clarify the importance of the teacher’s positive attitudes for the success of including autism spectrum disorder students in regular schools.


  

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