ERIC Number: ED201420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
Use of the "Attitudes toward Mainstreaming Scale" with Rural Georgia Teachers.
Berryman, Joan D.; Berryman, Charles R.
Because teacher attitude could be crucial to the success or failure of mainstreaming handicapped children, the Attitudes Toward Mainstreaming Scale (ATMS) was developed to establish a baseline of current teacher attitudes towards mainstreaming and to monitor future attitudinal changes, and was validated and cross-validated through a principal axis factor analysis procedure. To establish normative data for the ATMS, the scale was administered in 1980 to 2549 teachers and professional educational staff in 29 rural Georgia counties. Attitudes towards three factors (capability, general mainstreaming, and traditional limiting disabilities) were measured and the effect of five variables on attitude was studied. In general, rural Georgia teachers and educational professionals favored the principle of mainstreaming. Teachers were willing to include in mainstreamed classes those students whose disabilities did not inhibit their learning or that of their classmates. They were against mainstreaming disruptive students or those with limited learning abilities. The respondents' sex, certification category, and teaching field had no effect on their attitudes towards mainstreaming. Respondents with more teaching experience had somewhat less favorable attitudes towards mainstreaming and older respondents were significantly less favorable. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Attitudes Toward Mainstreaming Scale; Georgia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13, 1981).