Abstract-2 (April 2022) Nishipadma Nanda & Laxmidhar Behera


International Refereed/ Peer Reviewed Journal of Education

Vol. 8 (2) April 2022, pp. 09-16, E-ISSN: 2395-7344, P-ISSN: 2320-9526

Title:  Inclusion of Disabilities in Elementary Schools: A Parental Metaphoric Analysis

Nishipadma Nanda, Research Scholar in Education, Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. E-mail: nishipadma.nanda92@gmail.com

Laxmidhar Behera, Professor, Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Email: behera17@yahoo.co.in Article DOI: 10.46704/pol.2022.v08i02.002


The purpose of this research was to discover the metaphors used by parents of disabled children for inclusion of their children in regular classrooms. A phenomenological methodology for gathering metaphors was used to gather the data. In-depth interview with 22 parents having 5 types of disable children were analyzed conducting metaphor analysis. Major findings showed that the ways parents think has largely arise by social acceptance and rejection of their children in mainstream schools. Because of averse medical facilities inside schools’ parents preferring to keep their children at home. More conventional type of belief existed within parents’ metaphoric expression rather than progressive one in terms of inclusion of these children towards mainstream education system.

Keywords: Inclusive Education, Students with Disabilities, Elementary schools, Parents of disabilities, Mainstream Education.