Early childhood teachers' confidence in identifying and supporting children with special educational needs: A large scale survey in Hong Kong
- Early childhood teachers' confidence in identifying and supporting children with special educational needs: A large scale survey in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- 1997.7 onwards
- Although a substantial body of studies has been focusing on exploring approaches to enhance the learning of children with special educational needs (SEN) in kindergartens, considerably fewer studies have been conducted to test early childhood educators’ confidence levels in early identifying and facilitating the learning and social development of children with SEN. This study took the initiative to conduct a large scale survey in the Chinese context, seeking to develop a good understanding of teacher preparation for identifying and supporting children with SEN. Over 5000 early childhood educators from 519 kindergartens and kindergarten-cumchild care centres (KGs) in Hong Kong participated in this survey study. Specifically, we examined these teachers’ confidence levels in terms of early identification and intervention through a wide range of instructional activities. We also investigated external needs these teachers perceived to be critically important for supporting SEN children. The role of integrated programme (IP) in these surveyed KGs on teachers’ confidence levels in supporting children with SEN was also examined. Implications of findings of the current study to early childhood education, improvements of existing facilities and resources to support teachers’ professional development are discussed.
- Paper presented at the 2015 Quality Childhood Conference International (QCCI) Enhancing Quality Childhood Education: Synergizing Global Efforts, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.
最近的會議論文Effects of experience on pre-service kindergarten teachers' attitudes toward the implementation of inclusive education in the Hong Kong vocational education context
會議論文Understanding gifted students’ self-assessment of career adaptability in Hong Kong: A Rasch analysis of the psychometric properties of CAAS-SF
會議論文Helping teachers to teach with corpora: The Corpus-Aided Platform for Language Teachers (CAP)
會議論文Problematising the Global North/South binaries: A critical review of the sociological literature of education of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong
會議論文The efficacy of educational apps for teaching in the humanities: Adopting the PICRAT model
會議論文Creating a MOOC to assist Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) undergraduates with the learning of spoken Cantonese: Challenges and solutions
會議論文Western and Asian constructs of multicultural education: The role of caring in addressing Hong Kong’s classroom diversity