Comparative investigation of differences between special and general education teachers’ perceptions about students with autism in Turkey

Muhammed A. Karal, Paul J. Riccomini

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Abstract

Increased rates of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are documented throughout the world. In Turkey, there are currently 100,000 students under the age of 14 with ASD and increasing each year by approximately 5,000 students. As a result of the current population and increased prevalence, special education and general education teachers are providing educational services to increasing numbers of students with ASD. The purpose of this study is to examine teachers’ perceptions of students with ASD. The Autism Attitude Scale for Teachers was administered to 117 general education (n= 53) and special education (n= 63) teachers in 19 Education Centers for Children with Autism in Turkey. Results indicate both groups are receptive to students with autism, but special education teachers have more positive perceptions of students with ASD. Implications for teacher certification programs and continued professional development initiatives are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Special Education
Volume31
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation

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