SVIBOR - Project code: 5-07-057


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Project code: 5-07-057

The Effects of Educational Integration of Pupils with Impaired Vision

Main researcher: OBERMAN-BABIĆ, MIRA (33892)

Type of research: developmental
Duration from: 05/01/91. to 10/01/94.

Papers on project (total): 6
Institution name: Fakultet za defektologiju, Zagreb (13)
Department/Institute: Department of Visual Impairments
Address: Kušlanova 59a, tel: 238-022, fax: 22-99-50
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0) 01 2338-022

Summary: The objective of this research is to investigate the effects of educational integration of 26 pupils with impaired vision integrated into regular primary schools in Zagreb and Rijeka. The efficiency of their integration was estimated on the basis of their school success, on the basis of the acceptance by their teachers and fellow pupils with no developmental difficulties (N=365). The attitudes of the parents of pupils with and without impaired vision, who attend regular schools, are taken as an indicator of the successfulness of the integration. Further indicators are the level of their socialization and the level of neurotism in relation with the acceptance by the pupils without sight impairment who attend regular schools. The general hypothesis that has represented the starting point in this research is that the integration of visually impaired pupils is not yet very successful. According to knowledges we have so far come to through realization of the project it seems that this hypothesis will be confirmed.

Keywords: The effects of educational integration, children with impaired vision, the efficiency of educational integration

Research goals: It is expected that the results of the research will show that educational integration of visually impaired children when considered in whole is not very successful. Also it will probably confirm the fact that there are certain difficulties present in the sphere of the acceptance by their fellow pupils without visual impairments. It is also expected that teachers in regular schools haven't got completely positive relationship towards visually impaired pupils as well as the parents of pupils with no visual impairments. That's why it is going to be necessary to apply some interventions for transformation of attitudes' and relations' towards educational integration both with teachers and pupils in regular schools, and also with parents of children with and without sight impairments. The research should further on suggest basic elements for creating programs of work on changing relations and attitudes of all mentioned groups relevant for more successful educational integration of visually impaired pupils.

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