THE FACTORS SUPPORTING UNDERSTANDING THE STUDENTS WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITY

J. Kantor

Palacky University in Olomouc (CZECH REPUBLIC)
The paper presents outputs of a study in the field of special education. We analysed the factors that help the teachers understand the inner world of students with multiple disability. The mental disability combined with physical, perceptual and communication disabilities is a very restrictive psychosocial barrier for education and interaction with these students. The main restriction is the limited understanding the cognitive world of students with severe multiple disability. The author studied factors that help to understand the students. Both qualitative and quantitative methodogy was used . The data was collected through qualitative interviews and statistic analyses of a questionaire survey. Then several cathegories of factors were suppoused and criticaly reflected by teachers as well as acadamic collegues. The paper deals also with the significance of the outputs for the academic programms in theoretical and practical preparation of teachers and importance of the outputs for the special education.