ERIC Number: ED086702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Class Instruction in Changing Student Attitudes.
Lazar, Alfred L.; And Others
This study was conducted at the California State University to determine if the utilization of a carefully planned and systematically applied course of instruction could change the attitudes of graduate special education students toward handicapped persons. The focus of the 16-session course was on the handicapped individual as a person and on the manifestations of disability which could impede learning and social disability. Special education was treated as a science rather than an art. The 3-hour instruction period was divided into a) a one-hour lecture presentation; b) a 30-minute group discussion; and c) a 90-minute small (4 member) group discussion. The attitude measurement instruments used in the study were the Attitude Toward Disabled Persons Scale (ATDP) and the Preferred Student Characteristic Scale (PSCS), both of which were taken by the students before and after the course. Both male and female students showed improvement on the ATDP scale, but only males showed improvement on PSCS. The findings of this study support the hypothesis that an instructor can effect a positive change in the attitude of his students toward disabled persons through the use of a well-planned, consistently applied program. (HMD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Long Beach. Dept. of Educational Psychology.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Educational Research Association (52nd, November 28-29, 1973)