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					Specialist Teacher (school A) Questionnaire for Janet Surman for studies with EDED11405 Ensuring Student Success at CQUniversity. Answers will be anonymous, no names/school will be used. 1) How do you feel inclusion can benefit the family and class? Each child has a constitutional right t be educated alongside his/her peers in an appropriate educational setting. Inclusion teachers other children, teachers, parents and the school community to value diversity and accept individual difference. 2) How do you feel it can be beneficial to the child in areas of – Social – Interaction same age peers foster appropriate social behaviours. The child has the opportunity to feel that he/she belongs to a group and is valued as a group member. Emotional – these are linked! Learning – SWD yearn to be like their peers. In an inclusive setting they strive to learn. 3) What are the expectations as a specialist teacher for an inclusion child in class? I expect SWD to be treated in the same way as every other class member. Children are all different, have individual needs, abilities, behaviours. 4) What do you feel could be the most beneficial for the child from inclusion? -----------5) From experience what do you feel to be the hardest to deal with for teachers with an inclusion child? Changing attitudes towards SWD in their class. It can be a very fulfilling and enjoyable experience with positive attitudes. 6) What would you like to see changed to improve inclusion for both the parent, child & the family? More funding for teachers, teacher aides. At this point current resourcing does not support full inclusion. 7) What would you like to see happen in the future with education and inclusion? Teachers to be more open to inclusion by valuing diversity happening over time but it WILL happen. 8) What reasons do you feel parents should opt for a school with inclusion? Because they can and it is beneficial for their child to be educated at his/her local community school where he will grow up to be an accepted and valued adult in hi community.

Specialist Teacher (school B) Questionnaire for Janet Surman for studies with EDED11405 Ensuring Student Success at CQUniversity. Answers will be anonymous, no names/school will be used. 1) How do you feel inclusion can benefit the family and class? As inclusion is a philosophy of acceptance where everyone is valued and treated with respect it can be empowering to not just the student with a disability but to all members of the class. It teaches the virtues of compassion, tolerance and acceptance of diversity. This patience and understanding transfers out to the wider school community. 2) How do you feel it can be beneficial to the child in areas of – Social – Positive social role model provided by class mates. Emotional – Through IEP self regulation of emotions can be set as a goal and explicit teaching can support students who have emotional difficulties Learning – Priority learning goals are based upon current skills and appropriate outcomes and curriculum content are determined 3) What are the expectations as a specialist teacher for an inclusion child in class? To maximise their potential 4) What have you feel could be the most beneficial for the child from inclusion? To be accepted as an equal and to be rightfully attending their local school with siblings and peers 5) From experience what do you feel to be the hardest to deal with for teachers with an inclusion child? Lack of support and feelings of isolation if program is not properly funded and staffed 6) What would you like to see changed to improve inclusion for both the parent, child & the family ? A funding process that accurately reflects students needs and adequately supports classroom teachers with students with disabilities in their classes. Recognition by Qld education department of mental illness as a fundable disability. 7) What would you like to see happen in the future with education and inclusion? The inclusion process to be streamlined and take less time to be established for entering students. 8) What reasons do you feel parents should opt for a school with inclusion? Parents need to research and find a school that matches their child’s needs. Inclusive school culture allows parents to work in partnership with teachers and encourages creative ways of supporting students who have special needs

Teacher (school A) Questionnaire for Janet Surman for studies with EDED11405 Ensuring Student Success at CQUniversity. Answers will be anonymous; no names/school will be used. 1) How can inclusion benefit the class? Teaches students that diversity is found in a range of contexts and that inclusion is a way of accepting diversity. 2) How do you feel it can be beneficial to the child in areas of – Social – Our society is rich in diversity and children need to be taught to adjust and adapt to others who are not the ‘same’ Emotional – as above Learning – as above 3) What are the expectations as a teacher for an inclusion child in class? Teachers are expected to adapt lessons and understand each child’s needs. They are expected to be as adaptable and accepting as the students. 4) What have you found to be the most beneficial for the child? Being accepted and learning along side other children 5) What have you found to be the hardest to deal with as a teacher with an inclusion child? Not enough support (one on one) with the student with disability.

6) What would you like to see changed to improve inclusion for the teacher? As question 5 7) What would you like to see happen in the future with education and inclusion? More of what is happening, however more support needs to be given in class / more education and training needs to be given to ALL teachers for inclusion about specific children.

8) What reasons do you feel parents should opt for a school with inclusion? As question 1

Teacher (school A) Questionnaire for Janet Surman for studies with EDED11405 Ensuring Student Success at CQUniversity. Answers will be anonymous; no names/school will be used. 1) How can inclusion benefit the class? Tolerance and non discrimination purposes, so that children will realise that all people are equal. 2) How do you feel it can be beneficial to the child in areas of : Social – To help the child learn strategies to cooperate with other children and to follow the rules and be a part of the school community. Emotional – To help the children to manage change in their immediate environment and to get on with other children. Learning – The child is able to work at their level of development. 3) What are the expectations as a teacher for an inclusion child in class? They should be able to behave appropriately and follow most instructions or else be in the unit more. 4) What have you found to be the most beneficial for the child? Social reasons. 5) What have you found to be the hardest to deal with as a teacher with an inclusion child? The hardest is the lack of support, fairness and communication from the SEU and the disruption and noise to the class and finding enough time to spend with these children especially when there are other children who have learning support needs or behaviour problems etc. The incredible amount of stress and strain it puts on a Teacher dealing with all this as well as the ever increasing workload and paperwork. 6) What would you like to see changed to improve inclusion for the teacher? The children when in class time should have a fulltime person with them. A box of work, activities and other suggestions should be provide at the beginning of each year so that the Teacher knows where the children are at and what to plan for them. The SEU changes the timetables without consulting Teachers, thus there should be more communication. The children should receive their entitled support time eg. if the unit don’t have the blocked in time for the children they are sent back to class and this time is never made up thus the Teacher is left more and more to deal this. (lack of support) 7) What would you like to see happen in the future with education and inclusion? The government and Ed. Qld need to provide more funding for schools to provide more resources and personnel for these children. If Prep is now under the school system why are the SEU not more answerable to the schools? 8) What reasons do you feel parents should opt for a school with inclusion? For the children to part of a school life and to be like other children with the benefits from a school life.

Parent (school A) Questionnaire for Janet Surman for studies with EDED11405 Ensuring Student Success at CQUniversity. Answers will be anonymous; no names/school will be used. 1) How has inclusion benefited you as a family? In class his behaviour and self reliance has increased dramatically. 2) How do you feel it can/has benefited your child in areas of – Social – He has become more aware and responsive of the children/adults around him. Emotional – An increase/improvement in emotional stability. Learning – Interest in learning has increased as well as his ability to retain taught concepts. 3) What were your expectations when your child first started school? Social isolation or bullying due to his lackof speech. 4) What have you found to be the most beneficial to your child? - structure and teacher support - educating the class of his disability - support and love from teachers and peers 5) What have you found to be the hardest to deal with or disappointments? Change of teachers, J’s behaviour and learning capabilities suffered as a result of this change. He went backwards for a considerable amount of time. 6) What would you like to see changed to improve with inclusion? Consistency amongst teaching methods (re-changing of teachers) 7) What would you like to see happen in the future and how do you feel education and inclusion can assist in that? More structured learning. 8) What were the reason you opted for a school with inclusion? Most practical solution to provide mainstream learning and social interaction in line with societies norms.


				
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