ERIC Number: ED373512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Regular Education Teachers' Attitudes toward Their Identified Gifted and Special Education Students.
Siegel, Janna; Moore, Jack N.
This study explored teachers' attitudes toward gifted students and students with learning problems integrated into their classrooms. A sample of 46 fourth and fifth grade teachers in a rural school district completed attitude questionnaires about all of their students and personal data forms about themselves. The teachers' attitudes toward their gifted, special education, and typical students were compared. Teachers were more rejecting toward special education students compared to typical and gifted students, but they also reported significantly higher levels of concern for their special education students. Teachers with inclusion programs reported more concern for their special education students than did teachers whose special education students were "pulled out" for service. The study concluded that, since teachers' general attitudes toward inclusion did not relate to teachers' specific attitudes toward actual students, teacher training should not necessarily focus on changing teachers' attitudes toward integration of identified groups of students. Tables detail the study's results. (Contains 63 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (72nd, Denver, CO, April 6-10, 1994).