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Giannopoulou, Ioanna; Pasalari, Evdokia; Korkoliakou, Panagiota; Douzenis, Athanasios – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2019
A recent special education legislation reform in Greece puts emphasis on the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs into mainstream schools. The purpose of the present study was to investigate knowledge of ASD among 67 mainstream nursery and primary classroom teachers, and evaluate the effectiveness of a half-day ASD awareness seminar…
Descriptors: Autism, Consciousness Raising, Foreign Countries, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Smogorzewska, Joanna; Szumski, Grzegorz – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2018
This study tested whether and how methods called 'Play Time/Social Time' and 'I Can Problem Solve' contribute to the improvement of social skills and the development of theory of mind (ToM) in children. The participants in the experiment were nearly 200 (N = 196) preschool children with low social functioning, with and without disabilities. The…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Educational Methods, Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation
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Driscoll, Coralie; Carter, Mark – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2018
Analysis of previous research has indicated that restricting the amount of equipment available may be a practical strategy to facilitate peer interaction in childcare, but a disadvantage is a possible increase in aggressive behaviour. An alternative approach is manipulating the variety of activities while holding the quantity and type of equipment…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Interaction, Peer Relationship, Disabilities
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Arthur-Kelly, Michael; Farrell, Genevieve; De Bortoli, Tania; Lyons, Gordon; Hinchey, Frank; Ho, Fuk Chuen; Opartkiattikul, Watinee; Baker, Fran; Fairfax, Warren – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2017
High-quality early childhood education is a vital experience for young children with and without disabilities. Social and communication experiences in the context of play represent a core curriculum that sets a foundation for later learning and participation. Using a new self-report instrument, this article describes data collected in a…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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Vlachou, Anastasia; Fyssa, Aristea – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2016
This study observed the extent to which teachers supported the inclusion of children with disabilities into mainstream classrooms and involved monitoring 52 mainstream preschool settings in Greece. The association between programme quality, context and teacher characteristics was also tested. Findings showed that the quality of inclusion ranged…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Preschool Education
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Thurston, Allen – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2014
This article presents a critical review of the literature surrounding the potential impact of undiagnosed and untreated vision impairment on reading development in the early years of primary school. Despite pre-school screening programmes, it is still possible for children to enter school with undiagnosed, uncorrected vision impairments. This can…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Clinical Diagnosis, Reading Skills, Young Children
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Karaaslan, Ozcan; Diken, Ibrahim; Mahoney, Gerald – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2011
The case study was conducted to examine the feasibility of an early intervention curriculum called Responsive Teaching with two five-year-old children from Turkey who had significant developmental delays. This study determined whether Turkish mothers might be successful in learning to become more responsive to their children, and whether this…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Mothers, Disabilities, Foreign Countries
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Driscoll, Coralie; Carter, Mark – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2010
There has been limited research on the effects of spatial density on the social interaction of preschool children, particularly those with disabilities. Further, findings of existing studies need to be viewed cautiously due to a number of methodological difficulties including contrived small groupings of children and atypical intervention…
Descriptors: Play, Intervention, Delayed Speech, Disabilities
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Huang, Hsin-Hui; Diamond, Karen E. – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2009
This study examined the influence of information about children's disabilities on preschool teachers' responses toward integrating children with disabilities in their classroom. Of particular interest was whether the severity of the child's educational needs and information about diagnosis were related to teachers' responses. Data were collected…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Physical Disabilities, Mild Disabilities, Down Syndrome
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Malone, Michael – International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2009
Children with and without intellectual disabilities were observed playing with toys during both home-based independent play and classroom-based freeplay situations. Categorical and sequential play was analysed for within- and between-group patterns. Within-group patterns during classroom freeplay were similar for both groups. There were no…
Descriptors: Play, Mental Retardation, Toys, Preschool Children
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Driscoll, Coralie; Carter, Mark – International Journal of Disability Development and Education, 2004
The effects of spatial density as a setting event on the social interaction of preschool children were examined in this review. A specific interest was the potential application of this setting event to children with special needs in inclusive settings. Twelve studies were examined revealing a range of methodological and technical difficulties in…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Preschool Children, Special Needs Students
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Haywood, H. Carl – International Journal of Disability Development and Education, 2004
Although everybody agrees that education reform is needed, there is little agreement on the nature of the problems, and certainly not on the remedies; nevertheless, there is a central focus on curriculum issues. Three principal points are addressed in this paper: (a) new approaches in education are urgently needed, (b) new educational approaches…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Educational Change