The aim of this study to examine the postgraduate theses about inclusion in preschool period in Turkey. In this descriptive study, general screening model was used. In this research, 25 full-text postgraduate theses archived by Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Department of Publication and Documentation were involved. The theses within the scope of research were analyzed with document analysis technique. Postgraduate theses consist of 23 master’s theses and 2 doctoral dissertations. Also, it is seen that there is an increase in the number of postgraduate theses beginning from 2005 and the number of researches reached its maximum in 2010. It is identified that postgraduate theses included in this study consisted of 19 quantitative, 4 qualitative and 2 mixed method study. Based on the analysis of postgraduate theses designed with quantitative method, it attracted attention that while descriptive research method was used at most, experimental research design was used less. It is identified that “views and attitudes towards inclusion”, “the children with and without special needs present at inclusive environment”, “the effectiveness of inclusive education programs”, “evaluation of teachers in inclusion practices and inclusive environment ” are the research topics discussed in the postgraduate theses. According to the results of this study, it is found that the research examined mostly the views and attitudes towards inclusion; based on the examination of children with and without special needs at inclusive environment, social and emotional development was the most focused developmental area; education programs developed and implemented about inclusion were effective; based on the evaluation of teachers in practice and inclusive environment, teachers did not have enough knowledge about inclusion and inclusive environments were physically insufficient.
Preschool Period, Children With Special Needs, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Practices, Inclusive E