ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE INTEGRATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: A WORK IN PROGRESS

Year: 1992

Author: Paterson, John F.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Recent research indicates that institutions responsible for the preparation of physical educators can play an important role in enhancing physical educators positive attitude towards and perceived competence in teaching students with disabilities. This study investigates the attitudes of two student groups;physical educators and post degree diploma students towards the integration of students with disabilities. The instrument used is the Attitude Towards Mainstreaming Scale (Larrivee:1982) The ATMS has been validated for use in the Australian context (Roberts &Pratt 1988, Hudson and Clunies-Ross 1984) Students were surveyed at the commencement of their respective courses in special education and again at the courses' conclusion. The study has implications for the curriculum design of teacher education programs in special education as factors such as academic training and actual experience in working with students with disabilities may be important in enhancing attitudes and perceived competence.

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