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ERIC Number: ED442220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 26
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Using Literary Texts in Teacher Education To Promote Positive Attitudes toward Children with Disabilities.
Marlowe, Mike; Maycock, George
This paper briefly discusses the uses of literary and professional texts in exceptional children teacher education and then reports on two studies examining the effects of literary texts on changing attitudes of prospective teachers toward children with disabilities. In the first study, an experimental section of an introductory course in teaching utilized a literary text-based course module, whereas the control group section read chapters from standard texts. In the second study, special education majors who were enrolled in an introductory course in the education of children with emotional and behavioral disorders read either literary trade books or chapters from standard texts. In both studies, reading literary texts was more effective than reading professional texts in promoting positive attitude change. The paper discusses change mechanisms existing within literature and the therapeutic components created through the use of literature, drawing implications for the use of literature in teacher education. Data on each of the two studies are attached. (Contains 50 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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