Integrating Students With Disabilities: It Begins With Teacher Attitudes

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the impact that teacher attitudes can have on educational practices.
  2. compare inclusive classroom teaching experience and place of employment on teachers’ attitudes towards inclusivity.
  3. propose ways teachers can improve for more acceptance for teaching in inclusive classrooms.


While inclusion is the goal of many education teams, there are hurdles that need to be overcome. One area, teacher attitudes, is important to examine because attitudes likely predict behavior leading some teachers in classrooms being more supportive of inclusion practices than others. This study examines differences between experience teaching in inclusive classrooms and place of employment on teachers’ attitudes towards inclusivity. School psychologists can help teachers develop ways to improve teaching in inclusive classrooms.



Samantha K. Beckett, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Jocelyn H. Newton, PhD, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse


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