Curriculum planning for special education programs, National University of Malaysia
Salleh, Norani M.
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This work is essentially a planning document. Issues discussed in this document include: the special education services available in Malaysia; views by critical constituencies of special education and its future prospects in Malaysia; teacher training programs for special educators; special education programs in selected other countries; three proposed special education programs for the National University of Malaysia; the feasibility of establishing the proposed programs; and, plans for implementing the special education programs. Using a qualitative approach a sample of thirty-one people including parents, educators, professionals, administrators and the public were interviewed in order to explore the current situation of the special populations, teacher training for special educators and educational provisions for special populations in Malaysia. Participants agreed that not all special needs children are being helped; that only certain groups or categories of special needs children are served in Malaysian schools; that more special education provisions must be provided; that more special educators should be trained for the Malaysian schools; that the Specialist Teachers' Training Institute is the only teacher training college for training special educators; that no Malaysian universities are directly involved in undergraduate degree programs for special education personnel; and, that special education is not just for children with specific disabilities but for the entire gamut of children having special needs. The participants viewed the proposed special education programs by the National University of Malaysia as timely. They also believed that training programs should not be confined to teachers but offered also to administrators, school inspectors, supervisors and parents. This survey Malaysia on the constituencies curriculum for and analysis of special education in basis of the expressed enabled the researcher the Special Education views of important to propose a Programs at the National University of Malaysia.
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