ERIC Number: EJ722333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Kindergarten Children's Understanding of and Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities
Dyson, Lily L.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v25 n2 p95-104 Sum 2005
This study investigated the nature of kindergarten children's understanding about and attitudes toward disabilities. Interviews with 77 Canadian children enrolled in inclusive classrooms showed that kindergarten children (a) conceptualize disabilities chiefly according to physical appearances and (b) possess a fairly accurate understanding of some aspects of disabilities. Kindergarten children also hold generally positive attitudes toward persons with disabilities. These attitudes, however, do not reflect their reported friendships with persons with disabilities. Only half of the nondisabled children reported having friends who have disabilities. Possibilities for future research and the need to further enhance the social inclusion of children with disabilities are suggested.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Kindergarten, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Inclusive Schools, Peer Relationship, Friendship, Mainstreaming
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada