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Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) (Vol 1 No 1)
Article Title: Factors Enhancing Special Education: Implication on Child Development
by Lilian Nwanneka Onwuka

Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors enhancing special education in Awka metropolis and its implication for child development. This will improve the welfare of children with special needs as it will make them to be useful members of their society. Two research questions and one null hypothesis guided the research. The sample for the study consisted of 300 primary school teachers. 150 teachers were selected each with random sampling from both public and private primary schools. A 20 item structured questionnaire which had 4 sections was duly validated. The reliability level was 0.8 and it was used for data collection. The data collected was analysed using percentage. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were made. The recommendations were that parental education and counseling should be encouraged as these would enhance change in attitude of parents towards children with special needs. It was also recommended that children should be screened at different points of entering into school- Creche, Nursery, Kindergarten and primary school.
Keywords: special education, disability, counseling, development, prental education
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Michigan State University
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