Equitable access to education is a contemporary theme discoursed among the educationists in Sri Lanka. The disabled, the poorest and the marginalized are neglected in the society and that most of them are unaware of the opportunities available for them. In schools, most of the differently able students fail to get the support of the teachers due to the attitude of the teachers. In this backdrop, Attitude towards special need education is, inter alia need of the hour and the attitude of teachers are important in designing and implementing special needs education in the schools. The objective of this study is to find out the attitude of teacher trainees towards special needs education in terms of gender and locality. A sample of 100 teacher trainees were selected at random. Data were collected by using the tools of questionnaire and personal data sheet. The data were analyzed using t test. In the analysis, it was found that teacher trainees have favourable attitudes about special needs education. There was no significant difference in the attitude of teacher trainees towards special needs education in terms of their locality.
Keytword: Special Need; Awareness; Teacher Trainees; Attitude.Corresponding Author
: A.M. Jazeel,Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, University of Vocational Technology, Sri Lanka.