According to the Special Education Law passed in 1988, inclusion is the mandated educational policy in Israeli schools. This article presents an overview of Israeli middle school teachers' perceptions regarding inclusive schooling. One hundred and sixteen middle-school teachers in central Israel were asked to define inclusion and to discuss the major difficulties they encountered in inclusive classes as well as the benefits of effective integration. The great majority of the teachers expressed the need to increase their knowledge about the requirements of students with learning disabilities and evinced their readiness to adjust their teaching methods. On the other hand, they stressed the need for professional guidance and adequate tools and conditions. Recommendations for obtaining the training and support necessary for successful inclusion are offered.
Bibliographical noteIn Israel.
- Middle school education -- Israel