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ERIC Number: ED200539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
Measuring Attitude Change Toward Special Needs Learners. Final Report.
Lundstrom, Karen V.
Students majoring in home economics education were studied to see if any change in attitude occurred following a course on teaching learners with special needs. The categories of special needs learners were: physically handicapped, emotionally disturbed, hearing and visually impaired, urban, rural, and Indian disadvantaged, and the educable mentally retarded. The study revealed: (1) Subjects perceived themselves to be more competent in teaching special needs learners at the completion of the course; (2) A relationship was found between cognitive knowledge, the development of appropriate teaching skills, and more positive attitudes toward special needs learners; (3) There was an increased desire to teach physically handicapped learners, but a decreased desire to teach in a school near an Indian reservation; (4) There was a relationship between desire to teach and attitudes for some categories of special needs learners; (5) Subjects' scores on the scales of tolerance did not increase significantly; and (6) Positive attitudes toward special needs learners increased significantly in some cases. Implications for inservice and preservice teacher education are reported. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota State Univ., Fargo. Coll. of Home Economics.