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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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ANTUNES, Ana Pereira; FARIA, Catarina Pereira; RODRIGUES, Sandra Estêvão  and  ALMEIDA, Leandro Silva. Inclusion in Higher Education: Teachers' Perceptions in a Portuguese University. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.2, pp. 140-150. ISSN 1982-1247.

Universities face increasing challenges related to the democratisation of education and the admission of students with special needs. In this paper, we analyzed the teachers' perceptions about the inclusion of these students at this level of education. The participants are 10 teachers, 6 males and 4 females, with an average age of 41.5 years old. All teachers are also Degree Directors of 1st training courses. Data collection was carried out using a semi-structured interview and data analysis was done based on grounded theory approach. The results reveal positive perceptions of the inclusive educational process, which is conditioned by ideological and instrumental factors, and a broad concept of special educational needs, highlighting the need for technological and human resources to support inclusion. The concluding section presents some reflections that may have implications for future research and intervention.

Keywords : School inclusion; special educational needs; teachers' attitudes; higher education.

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