ERIC Number: ED200539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
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)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Expectation, Hearing Impairments, Higher Education, Home Economics Teachers, Mainstreaming, Mental Retardation, Physical Disabilities, Preservice Teacher Education, Reservation American Indians, Self Concept, Special Needs Students, Teacher Attitudes, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota State Univ., Fargo. Coll. of Home Economics.