ERIC Number: ED246946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
East/West Attitudes toward the Handicapped and Their Presence in Postsecondary Education in Hawaii.
MacGugan, Kirk W.
The study described in this report was conducted to investigate cultural differences in attitudes toward the handicapped and their presence in postsecondary institutions in Hawaii among faculty with Eastern and Western cultural backgrounds. Chapter I discusses the background and significance of the study, citing the multi-cultural make-up of Hawaii, reactions among community college faculty to recent educational accessibility laws, and information about cultural attitude barriers toward the handicapped that were revealed through U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals. This chapter also outlines research questions, defines terms, and states the study's assumptions and limitations. Following a review of related literature given in chapter II, chapter III discusses the procedures and methods of the study which involved an examination of historical, sociological, and psychological research on attitudinal differences between Westerners and Easterners toward illness, disabilities, and handicaps; and a survey of Leeward and Kapiolani Community College faculty concerning handicapping conditions and the treatment of the handicapped. Chapter IV presents results indicating that historically and culturally, Easterners and Westerners did perceive and treat disabled persons differently; that some of these perceptions were evident among faculty members; and that both cultures exhibited a tendency to isolate the disabled population. Finally, chapter V offers interpretations, conclusions, observations, and recommendations. The questionnaire and a bibliography are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova University.