Inclusive education in Portugal: Exploring sentiments, concerns and attitudes of teachers

Marisa Carvalho, David Simó-Pinatella, Helena Azevedo, Ana Luisa Adam Alcocer

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Abstract

This study examines Portuguese teachers' attitudes towards inclusive education and how teachers' self-efficacy towards inclusion and other sociodemographic and professional variables relate and predict teachers' attitudes. In total, 539 Portuguese teachers participated. Sentiments, Attitudes and Concerns about Inclusive Education scale, Teacher Efficacy for Inclusive Practices scale and a sociodemographic questionnaire were used to collect data. The results indicate that teachers' attitudes towards inclusion were generally positive. However, teachers-related variables (e.g., teachers' self-efficacy, teaching experience, previous training, and knowledge about educational laws and policies) influence teachers' attitudes in a complex and dynamic way. Implications for policies, practices and research are presented.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Research in Special Educational Needs
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • inclusive education
  • Portugal
  • predictors
  • self-efficacy
  • teacher

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