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Inclusive education in the Dominican Republic: teachers’ perceptions of and practices towards students with diverse learning needs

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D’Angelo, S 
Singal, N 


jats:secjats:titleIntroduction</jats:title>jats:pStudents with diverse learning needs, particularly those with disabilities or identified as overaged, face significant challenges within the Dominican Republic’s education system. Despite efforts by the Ministry of Education to promote inclusion, these learners often have limited access to quality pedagogical support. This is further confounded by the fact that there is a paucity of research examining how teachers perceive and interact with these learners.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleMethods</jats:title>jats:pThis ethnographic study draws on diverse methods, including observations and interviews, to investigate teachers’ perceptions of inclusion in two public schools and how these perceptions shaped their pedagogical practices.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleResults</jats:title>jats:pThe authors illuminate how teachers’ perceptions of their students, their schools, and their classroom environments influence their commitment to facilitating student learning, irrespective of student age or ability.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleDiscussion</jats:title>jats:pThe findings contribute valuable insights to inform strategies for enhancing inclusive education in the Dominican Republic. Recommendations for policy and teacher training are provided, and the importance of conducting research with teachers is explained.</jats:p></jats:sec>


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3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy, 39 Education, 3904 Specialist Studies In Education, Behavioral and Social Science, 4 Quality Education

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Frontiers in Education

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Frontiers Media SA