According to official statistics, more than 90% of the preschool-aged children with disabilities in Taiwan are placed in regular education classes in recent years. In the trend toward inclusive education, it is crucial for early childhood education majors to understand inclusive education and practice it. However, numerous studies have noted that preschool educators are not prepared to teach young children with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the courses on inclusive education offered by the departments of early childhood education in Taiwanese universities. This study investigated every department of early childhood education in Taiwanese universities. Data were collected from the course selection systems of the universities chosen, and content analysis was applied to categorize the topics discussed. The results revealed that of the 12 departments investigated, 6 departments (50%) offered courses on inclusive education in school years 2012-2017, and only one department made the course on inclusive education as a required course. Most of the topics covered in the courses were the foundation of inclusive education, curriculum and instruction, collaboration, and classroom management. To conclude, this study may be of importance in demonstrating the current status of the courses on inclusive education offered in preschool pre-service teacher education programs in Taiwan.
Hsueh-Jung Liu, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
Stream: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
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