Perceptions of School Leaders about Inclusive Education in Relation to Diverse Social, Cultural and Ethnic Context in Nepal (73968)

Session Information: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Session Chair: Tengku Elmi Azlina Tengku Muda

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study aimed at exploring how school leaders perceive and interpret inclusive education considering diverse social, cultural, and ethnic contexts of Nepal.
This study was informed by the theoretical framework based on sociocultural theory. The study adopted phenomenology as a methodology that explored the experiences of school leaders about inclusive education as a phenomenon. School Principals representing all seven provinces were interviewed pertaining to their understanding of inclusive education and practices. In addition, a focus group discussion was conducted among the policymakers of inclusive education to enhance the credibility of the study. Preliminary findings indicated that school principals did not have a uniform understanding of inclusive education. It indicated that their qualification, exposure, and experiences in leadership play a decisive role in their understanding and practice of inclusive education. Still, the bigger issue lay in the practice of inclusive education at schools for various reasons.
The findings of this study would be pertinent to all key stakeholders of inclusive education in a developing country’s context as it has explored and presented perceived significant discourses about inclusive education among school leaders. This study would also provide some insights to educators on how to implement inclusive education to facilitate children from diverse backgrounds.

Authors:
Surendra Amgai, Kathmandu University, Nepal
Ganga Bahadur Gurung, University of Tasmania, Australia


About the Presenter(s)
Mr Surendra Amgai is a University Doctoral Student at Kathmandu University in Nepal

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00