ATTITUDE OF STUDENT TEACHERS TOWARDS IMPLEMENTING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AS APART OF THE PRESENT EDUCAT By  Dr.Rajasree S.

Abstract

Inclusive education, as an approach, seeks to address the learning needs of all children, youth and adults with a specific focus on those who are vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion. Objectives of the study were to find out the overall attitude of the student teachers towards inclusive education, to find out whether there is any difference in the attitude of student teachers towards inclusive education according to gender, to find out whether there is any difference in the attitude of student teachers towards inclusive education according to the optional subject chosen In order to achieve the objectives of the present investigation survey method was adopted. The sample consisted of 150 student teachers from 3 training colleges of Alappuzha district. Tool used for the study was Attitude towards Inclusive Education Scale by Ahmed Bawa Kayini (ATIES). After the detailed analysis the investigator came to know that the overall attitude of student teachers towards inclusive education is unfavorable. Male and female student teachers differ significantly in their attitudinal scores and male student teachers show more unfavorable attitude towards inclusive education than female student teachers. The study revealed that there is significant difference in the attitude scores of student teachers who have taken science and arts as their optional subject.