Measuring the Quality of Inclusion: The Inclusive Classroom Profile
New Online Resource Provides Overview of the Inclusive Classroom Profile
Are you interested in measuring the quality of inclusion at a classroom level? NPDCI has just released two online modules that provide an overview of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP).
Module 1 provides a general overview of the ICP and Module 2 offers a step-by-step guide for administering the ICP measure in the classroom. The ICP is an observational tool for assessing the quality of inclusive classroom practices across twelve dimensions of quality. It has been piloted in the United Kingdom (UK) and in the USA.
For more information about the ICP, contact Tracey West at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on ICP reliability trainings go to Using the Inclusive Classroom Profile with Proficiency at the PDC@FPG.
To read about the findings of the UK pilot, see:
Soukakou E. P. (2012). Measuring quality in inclusive preschool classrooms: Development and validation of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP). Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(3), 478-488.
The Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), developed by Elena Soukakou, is a structured observation rating scale designed to assess the quality of provisions and daily practices that support the developmental needs of children with disabilities in early childhood settings.
The first USA demonstration study leading to validation of the ICP has just been completed. The ICP was field tested in 51 inclusive settings. The following are the preliminary results from this demonstration study:
- The measure has acceptable inter-rater agreement, is internally consistent, and shows a good factor structure.
- Correlations with another measure of global classroom quality (ECERS-R) provided initial evidence for construct validity.
- Assessors reported the measure to be feasible and easy to use.
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How do we know if we are providing high quality inclusion for young children with disabilities? Sharon Irwin and Elena Soukakou discuss two new tools for measuring the quality of inclusion or preschool classes and programs: Measuring the Quality of Inclusion