ERIC Number: ED398515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
School Psychologists' Attitudes toward Inclusive Education: A Rasch Analysis.
Wilczenski, Felicia L.
Special and regular education reforms toward more inclusionary models impact the practice of school psychology. Traditional school psychological services involving testing and placement are being challenged through inclusive education initiatives. In this study, school psychologists' attitudes toward inclusive education were measured via a Rasch model of a brief attitude scale (N=298). The Attitude Toward Inclusive Education Scale (ATIES) records positive and negative attitudes toward integrating children with various disabilities in regular classes. Rasch analysis resolved the nonlinear relationship between the finite range of recorded ATIES scores and the conceptually infinite range of attitudes. Results showed that the ATIES items calibrated in a recognizable hierarchy reflecting the impact of the student's disability on his or her own learning or the learning of classmates and the extent of the regular classroom accommodations required by the student. Implications of the present findings for school psychology research and practice are discussed. (Two tables and two figures present data and statistical analysis. Contains 22 references.) (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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