Student attitudes toward individuals with disabilities: Inclusive versus traditional classrooms in elementary school

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dc.contributor.advisor DiFonzo, Nicholas
dc.contributor.author Young, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-02T19:00:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-02T19:00:02Z
dc.date.issued 1997-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/12381
dc.description.abstract In recent years, many schools have begun to include students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Studies on "inclusion," have shown several positive effects for students with and without disabilities. This study examines the self-reported attitudes of 185 elementary school students in inclusive and traditional classrooms, as measured by the Scale of Children's Attitudes Toward Exceptionalities (SCATE). Self-reported attitudes and experiences of general education teachers were also assessed using a survey developed by the researcher. Although statistically significant relationships were found on the SCATE, these were not logical or conclusive. Results of the teacher surveys indicate that teachers of inclusive classes more strongly support the district philosophy for including students with disabilities than teachers of traditional classes. The results of this study do not support the hypothesis that students in "inclusive" classrooms have more positive attitudes toward peers with disabilities than students in "traditional" classrooms. Implications for these results and possibilities for future research are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcc LC4032 .Y688 1997
dc.subject.lcsh Children with disabilities--Education (Elementary)--Public opinion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mainstreaming in education--Public opinion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children--Attitudes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers--Attitudes en_US
dc.title Student attitudes toward individuals with disabilities: Inclusive versus traditional classrooms in elementary school en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Liberal Arts en_US
dc.description.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.advisorChair Guild, Gerald

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