International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Teachers’ Expectation to the Role of Special Needs Coordinator in Japan A Comparison between Primary and Special Needs School
Tomomi SANAGI, PhD

The special needs coordinator plays an essential role in development of effective schools for all pupils including children with disabilities. The author focused on the attitudes of both primary and special needs school teachers towards expectation of the roles of special needs coordinators. The purpose is to clarify some features in comparing teachers' attitudes towards the roles of special needs coordinator between primary schools and schools for special needs. In total 178 teachers participated. The findings indicated that primary school teachers have expected their special needs coordinator to fulfill mainly the roles of development of effective school for children with special needs through managing regular meetings, overseeing the daily practice and the records of children. On the other hand, the special needs coordinator who is working at school for special needs is highly expected in liaising with the outside agencies and providing support to other neighborhood mainstream schools in the local area.

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