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ERIC Number: EJ1167084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Predictors of Social Actions by General Education Students towards Peers with Disabilities
Okpareke, Alicia Wyche; Salisbury, Christine L.
Journal of Education and Learning, v7 n2 p126-138 2018
This study deepens the field's understanding about factors that contribute to positive social engagement between students without disabilities and their peers with mild disabilities in general education classrooms. A sample of 68 seventh grade students with and without disabilities was drawn from general education classrooms in a suburban, Midwest district in the United States. Direct observation of students' social behavior, as well as student surveys and context measures, were used to explore associations among student attitudes, their perceived norms, feelings of efficacy, stated intentions and their actions towards peers with disabilities. Results revealed that students without disabilities strong intentions to interact with peers with disabilities were unrelated to their actual behavior. However, students' attitudes, norms, and feelings of efficacy were predictive of their intentions. Interpretations and implications for understanding the interplay of predisposing factors, intentions to socialize, and actual socializing behavior are discussed.
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Social Action, Special Education, Disabilities, Grade 7, Middle School Students, Correlation, General Education, Peer Relationship, Inclusion, Student Behavior, Student Attitudes, Behavior Theories, Social Behavior, Questionnaires, Self Efficacy, Observation, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Grade 7
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