I Admire His Willingness In Helping Others…": Lesson Learned By A Peer Buddy In an Inclusive Classroom

Kartika, Aniva (2011) I Admire His Willingness In Helping Others…": Lesson Learned By A Peer Buddy In an Inclusive Classroom. In: International Conference: Building Nation Character Through Inclusive Education in Global Perspective, 19 Maret 2011, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Solo.

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As argued by Lewis (1 995) that regular student can gain advantage from interaction with special needs students. One of the interaction model can be achieved through peer buddy. Peer buddy is an approach which can be used to create a mutual relationship between regular students and students with variation of disability. The purpose of this study is to describe the belief, attitude, behavior of a peer buddy toward his special needs mate, and to portray his perception of what he gaim from this relationship. The authors used a qualitative case study design. Data was gathered from interview toward a peer buddy of a special need student with Cerebral Palsy in an inclusive classroom. The data was analyzed compared to interview data of the special needs mate, also data from classroom teacher and special needs teacher. Transcribed interview texts were analyzed to identify themes and key issues related to peer buddy characteristics, his belief, attitude and behavior toward the special needs student. The study produced findings, i.e, first, positive belief tend to lead to positive attitude and behavioral intention toward special need friends. Secondly, the benefit for peer buddy is increase in awareness of diversity and their friends' unique capabilities. As it is reflected by the peer buddy, as followed "Usually kid like him is the one who receives helps, but instead he helps other.. .. I admire his willingness in helping others ... .. " The findings from this study suggest that in order to provide the special students better, there are a need in enhancing classmate comprehension of special needs, improvement in school accessibility and facilities for special needs, and factors to be considered in peer buddy selection.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: inclusion, peer buddy, biliefs, attitudes, behavior, special need students
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Adpesdam Ubaya
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 05:55
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2012 05:55
URI: http://repository.ubaya.ac.id/id/eprint/215

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