E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2023

Inclusive Education: Exploring the Perceptions and Experiences of Students with Disabilities

Author(s): Bapi Bhattacharjee


Inclusive education is a paradigm that seeks to provide equitable access to education for students of diverse abilities, including those with disabilities. This research paper delves into the realm of inclusive education by investigating the perceptions and experiences of students with disabilities within this context. The study employs qualitative research methods, including interviews and observations, to explore the multifaceted aspects of inclusive education from the perspective of the students themselves. By focusing on their perceptions, beliefs, and lived experiences, the paper aims to shed light on the challenges and opportunities inherent in inclusive education. The paper begins by introducing the concept of inclusive education and its significance in fostering diversity and equity within educational settings. A review of relevant literature on inclusive education, disability studies, and the experiences of students with disabilities provides the theoretical framework for the study. The research design section outlines the methodology employed, detailing the selection criteria for participants, the interview process, and the methods of data analysis.

Findings from the study underscore the varying perceptions of students with disabilities regarding inclusive education. The analysis reveals a spectrum of experiences, ranging from feelings of empowerment, social integration, and meaningful engagement to instances of marginalization, inadequate support, and academic challenges. These diverse perspectives underscore the need for tailored approaches to meet the unique needs of each student. Implications drawn from the research emphasize the importance of a holistic approach to inclusive education that goes beyond physical accessibility. Recommendations include the implementation of comprehensive support mechanisms, teacher training, and awareness campaigns aimed at fostering an inclusive and supportive environment. Ultimately, the study advocates for a student-centered approach that prioritizes active involvement in decision-making processes and encourages collaboration among students, educators, and policymakers.

Keywords: Perceptions, Experiences, Academic Inclusion, Self-Esteem, Social Interactions, Accessibility, Empowerment, Participation

Pages: 1246-1252

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