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ERIC Number: EJ1004541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Simulating Disabilities as a Tool for Altering Individual Perceptions of Working with Children with Special Needs
Colwell, Cynthia M.
International Journal of Music Education, v31 n1 p68-77 Feb 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of disability simulations on the attitudes of individuals who will be working with children with special needs in music settings and to compare these attitudes between student music therapists and pre-service music educators. Each participant completed a questionnaire on the first day of class and again after participating in a disability simulation approximately two weeks later. The disabilities simulated included an individual with a one-arm amputation, an individual requiring mobility in a wheelchair due to paralysis, an individual with a hearing impairment, and an individual with a visual impairment. Results indicated that participants had more positive attitudes after experiencing the simulation although there was no difference between majors (music therapy or music education). Results also indicated that attitudes showed a greater shift when statements on the questionnaire were stated negatively rather than positively. Limitations and implications for future studies were discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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