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Inclusive education in West Africa: predictors of parental attitudes, knowledge and perceived social norms influencing inclusive practices in Ghana and Nigeria

Opoku, MP, Nketsia, W, Agyei Okyere, E, Oginni, OS and Torgbenu, EL 2019 , 'Inclusive education in West Africa: predictors of parental attitudes, knowledge and perceived social norms influencing inclusive practices in Ghana and Nigeria' , International Journal of Inclusive Education , pp. 1-20 , doi: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1642397.

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Abstract

The call to practise inclusive education in African countries hascoincided with efforts to promote deeper cooperation in theeducation sector. Ghana and Nigeria have adopted a commoncurriculum to facilitate the development of people in the WestAfrican sub-region. In both countries, while much is known aboutthe challenges faced by teachers and schools in theimplementation of inclusive education, little is known aboutparents’ attitudes, knowledge and perceived social normsregarding inclusive education. In this study, we adapted Ajzen’stheory of planned behaviour to examine parents’ attitudes,knowledge and perceived social norms in influencing inclusivepractices. One-thousand-and-seventy-five parents were recruitedfrom Ghana (n = 411) and Nigeria (n = 664). They completed theParents’ Attitudes Towards Inclusive Education scale, whichconsists of three subscales: attitudes, perceived social norms, andknowledge. Although there was a moderate relationship betweenthe subscales, the participants were positive on attitudes andperceived social norms, but they reported a lack of knowledgeabout inclusive education. The participants seemed to accept theneed for implementation of inclusive education, and theyacknowledged the efforts of implementers in practising inclusiveeducation. However, they indicated limited knowledge aboutimplementation of inclusive education. The need for policymakersto prioritise public education is also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Opoku, MP and Nketsia, W and Agyei Okyere, E and Oginni, OS and Torgbenu, EL
Keywords: parents, inclusive education, Ghana,Nigeria, attitudes, perceived social norms, knowledge
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Inclusive Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1464-5173
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1642397
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