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Indonesian Educators' beliefs about teaching children with autism

Budiyanto; Sheehy, Kieron; Kaye, Helen and Rofiaha, Khofidotur (2019). Indonesian Educators' beliefs about teaching children with autism. Athens Journal of Education (Early Access).

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Abstract

There is a large number of children with autism who need to be taught within the Indonesian education system. A significant influence on how their needs are perceived are the epistemological and cultural beliefs of teachers. This research is the first to examine these issues in the context of the Indonesian government’s intention to develop an inclusive education system. An analysis of 136 teachers’ questionnaire responses indicated that although only a minority were aware of, or had been trained in, established autism interventions, children with autism are being taught within Indonesian schools, including within regular schools. The data suggest that having access to information about autism in Bahasa Indonesia language plays a role in beliefs about the stigmatisation of teachers and parents. Teachers’ epistemological beliefs were found to be linked to their beliefs in inclusive education. This research suggests that is essential for educational research to acknowledge the influence of the cultural milieu within which inclusive education is being developed. The implications of this research for how the development of inclusive education can be supported within Indonesia are discussed

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2241-7958
Keywords: autism; inclusion; Indonesia; teachers’ beliefs
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood and Youth
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 52139
Depositing User: Kieron Sheehy
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 15:48
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 16:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52139
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