INTEGRATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN AS PERCEIVED BY ENUGU STATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS’ TEACHERS
Keywords:exceptional children, Enugu State Primary School teachers, integration of exceptional children, conventional classrooms
This study adopted survey design to investigate integration of exceptional children as perceived
by Enugu State Primary School teachers. The purpose of the study was to determine the
perceptions of teacher on integration of exceptional children in conventional classrooms. The
population for the study consisted of 500 teachers from the sampled primary schools in Enugu
State. One research question and one hypothesis were posed to guide the investigation. The
instrument for data collection was a 13 item questionnaire with four weighted response options.
Validation of the instrument was established by three lecturers from University of Jos. Sequel to
their approval, it was pilot tested. Its reliability coefficient yielded 0.89 using Cronbach Alpha.
Data analysis was done using mean (x) with standard deviation (S2) and t-test for the only
hypothesis. The finding revealed that many teachers have not heard of integration of exceptional
children and they were not comfortable with that kind of arrangement. The results also revealed
that their classrooms are not modified to accommodate exceptional children. Based on the findings
recommendations were made to