The inclusion of a student with trisomy 21 in the 2nd cycle of basic education, a peer perception: a case study

S. Campos, V. Batista, M. Ferreira, C. Martins, E. Batoca, C. Chaves, R. Martins, C. Ribeiro, P. Cardoso

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    Abstract

    This study aims to evaluate the perception of students in a class of 2nd cycle of basic education about the inclusion of a colleague with Trisomy 21. It is intended to verify if the students believe they can gain anything by having a colleague with Trisomy 21 frequenting the same class, to find out how it handles the relationship between peers and to know their opinion about what teachers do to help a colleague with Trisomy 21, in the context of the classroom. The type of study was the exploratory approach using the semi-structured interview, the sociometric tests, and the game The Friends Tree.The sample for this study was 17 pupils in a class of the 2nd cycle of basic education, aged between 10 and 12 years. The pupil with Trisomy 21 is 11 years old. The collected data through interviews were subjected to content analysis, in which it was found that most pupils reveal a positive perception towards the inclusion of the colleague with Trisomy 21 in his class. Also, the sociometric tests data showed, in general, that the pupil with Trisomy 21 is also chosen for certain activities by their peers, although to a lesser frequency. Regarding the results of the game The Friends Tree, we came to the conclusion that the pupil with Trisomy 21 was considered a very special friend for a couple of males. There were other boys who considered him a special friend, although it wasn´t in the first option.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICERI 2017 Proceedings
    Subtitle of host publication10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
    PublisherIATED Academy
    Pages3142-3147
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9788469769577
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    Name10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2017)
    ISSN (Print)2340-1095

    Keywords

    • Trisomy 21
    • 2nd cycle of basic education
    • Inclusion

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