Journal of the International Association of Special Education
Ukraine is currently involved in a heated debate about inclusion at all levels of education. This debate has become part of the country's efforts to improve human rights. Prior to independence in 1991, students with disabilities in Ukraine who desired higher education were not permitted to attend universities. How instructors and students with disabilities perceive the process of integration is important for Ukraine's continued movement toward becoming an egalitarian society. This study examined the differences in attitude regarding inclusion and university life between university instructors and students with special needs attending Open International University of Human Development “UKRAINE,” the only Ukrainian university that welcomes students with disabilities. Results revealed no significant differences in the attitudes of the two groups. However, when individual questions were analyzed, instructors and students differed in their perception of instruct or willingness to change locations of classes if they were unsuitable for students with physical disabilities, instruct or willingness to change their teaching style to communicate with students with disabilities, and instruct or ability to make students with disabilities feel accepted. Nonetheless, both instructors and students rated their experience with integrated university education as satisfactory.
Original Publication Citation
Raver-Lampman, S. A., & Kolchenko, K. (2007). Comparison of perceptions of inclusion between university instructors and students with disabilities in Ukraine. Journal of the International Association of Special Education, 8(1), 43-53.
Raver, Sharon A. and Kolchenko, Kateryna, "Comparison of Perceptions of Inclusion Between University Instructors and Students with Disabilities in Ukraine" (2007). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 44.