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ERIC Number: ED509930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb-11
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
The Teacher Attitudes Toward Inclusion Scale (TATIS) Technical Report
Cullen, Joseph P.; Gregory, Jess L.; Noto, Lori A.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Feb 11, 2010)
Teacher attitudes toward the inclusion of children with disabilities into general education classrooms have been found to be strong predictors of the success of efforts to create inclusive learning communities. Specifically, research has shown that when teachers have positive mindsets toward inclusion, they more readily adapt their teaching methods to meet a variety of student learning needs. This conclusion suggests that the inclusion movement would benefit from research that identifies effective ways to assist teachers in the formation of positive attitudes and beliefs toward inclusion. Inquiries of this kind require instrumentation. To address this need, the authors have developed the Teacher Attitudes Toward Inclusion Scale (TATIS), an instrument that is built around three well-researched components of teacher attitudes toward inclusive teaching: (a) Attitudes toward students with disabilities in inclusive settings, (b) Beliefs about professional roles and responsibilities, and (c) Beliefs about the efficacy of inclusion. Unlike other instruments of its kind, the TATIS was developed: (a) on both in-service and pre-service teachers to assure maximum utility in all phases of professional development, (b) in this country since attitudes on any subject tend to vary significantly by culture, and (c) in the last 8 years to reflect the significant shifts in educational policy that have occurred during this time frame. This publication provides a detailed discussion of the development of the TATIS including its validation through Principal Components Analysis and confirmation of internal consistency reliability through Chronbach's Alpha procedure. In addition, it includes a norm table developed on the standardization sample of 252 in-service and pre-service educators that provides respondents with a comparison standard for their responses. Appended are: (1) Teacher Attitudes Toward Inclusion Scale (TATIS); and Scoring Sheet for the TATIS. (Contains 35 references and 8 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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