Thinking about Disabilities in a Primary Inclusive Education Class in Vietnam

The aim of the report was to explore what 10-11 year old primary school children think about disabilities in an Inclusive Education class, i.e. a class with non-disabled children and children with disabilities (CwD). Sixteen children, including four CwD, were interviewed in a semi-structured way. The children mentioned physical disabilities more often than “mental” or “learning” disabilities even though three of the CwD had those kinds of disabilities. More than half the sample seem to think about war-related causes of disabilities. Many interviewees also mentioned that other children treat CwD both “well” and “badly”. Some girls and no boys mentioned that they feel sympathy for and want to help persons with disabilities. One-fourth of the children seem to think of disabilities as a deviation.


Theoretical framework
Thinking defined
Disability defined
Children’s thinking about disabilities internationally
Disabilities in Vietnam
Vietnamese school children’s education
Ethical aspects
Data collection
Data analysis
Data presentation
Meeting disabilities
The nature of disabilities
The social treatment of children with disabilities
Method discussion
Result discussion
Appendix 1: Interview guide
Appendix 2: Letter to parents

Author: Bergstad, Johan,Granli, Johan

Source: Linköping University

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