Principals' attitudes toward the inclusion of handicapped students in regular schools in the state of Kuwait

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes of principals toward educating handicapped students in the regular schools of Kuwait. The sample for this survey was composed of regular school principals in the State of Kuwait for the 1986-1987 school year. Of the 400 Principals, 229 principals were randomly selected. A 79.5% response was received.

The survey instrument consisted of 40 statements to measure attitudes of individuals regarding acceptance of special education programs in regular school. A Likert-type scale was used to rate the perceived influence of each statement. Frequency, mean, standard deviation, t-test, analysis of variance, and chi-square were used to answer the study questions.

The findings of the study indicated that 100 of the 182 principals identified positive attitudes toward serving handicapped students in the regular schools, there were no significant differences between male and female principals, but there were significant differences among principals at the three levels (elementary, intermediate, and secondary).