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The learning environment, attitudes and achievement of students with disabilities in inclusion and self-contained biology classes

Lois Etzel
BSc, MSc (Stony Brook U), PhD (Curtin U)
Brief abstract from a thesis awarded a PhD by Curtin University of Technology in November 2008.
Dr Lois Etzel received a WAIER Postgraduate Award in absentia at Forum 2010.
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This study used the Technology-Rich Outcomes-Focused Learning Environment Inventory (TROFLEI) in examining differences in the perceptions of students with special needs and general-education students in different biology classroom arrangements in public high schools in New York State. I also investigated student attitudes, as well as student achievement as assessed by a standardized biology examination, among 914 students in 66 biology classes in four public high schools. Noteworthy findings are that students' learning environment perceptions and attitudes were quite similar for: general-education and students with special needs in the same classes; and students with special needs in inclusive and self-contained settings. This study is unique within the field of learning environments research in that it examined the current trend towards inclusive practices from the learners' perspectives.

Author: Lois Etzel BSc, MSc, PhD is Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Riverhead Central School District, located in the eastern part of Suffolk County, New York, USA. Email: lois.etzel@riverhead.net

Please cite as: Etzel, L. (2010). Thesis brief abstract: The learning environment, attitudes and achievement of students with disabilities in inclusion and self-contained biology classes. In Proceedings Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Forum 2010. http://www.waier.org.au/forums/2010/etzel.html


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