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ERIC Number: EJ1002143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
A Campus Survey of Faculty and Student Perceptions of Persons with Disabilities
Baker, Kerrie Q.; Boland, Kathleen; Nowik, Christine M.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v25 n4 p309-329 Win 2012
A positive classroom climate is essential to the success of students with disabilities in higher education. In a study of 268 students and 76 faculty members at a small liberal arts women's college in eastern Pennsylvania, participants responded to statements about students with disabilities. Findings indicate that faculty and students perceive the classroom climate differently, with faculty members describing the campus as more welcoming, inclusive, and supportive than students. Faculty and students agree that students with disabilities are capable of achieving success in the classroom and that faculty members are willing to provide classroom accommodations. Students indicate discomfort with sharing their disabilities with faculty members, however, indicating a need for increased and ongoing faculty development in best practices for creating a supportive classroom climate for students with disabilities. (Contains 4 tables and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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