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ERIC Number: EJ770905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Changing Student Teachers' Attitudes towards Disability and Inclusion
Campbell, Jennifer; Gilmore, Linda; Cuskelly, Monica
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v28 n4 p369-379 Dec 2003
A total of 274 preservice teacher education students were surveyed at the beginning and end of a one-semester unit on Human Development and Education which combined formal instruction with structured fieldwork experiences. The latter included interviewing community members regarding their knowledge of Down syndrome and opinions on inclusive education, and writing an associated report. At the end of semester, not only had student teachers acquired more accurate knowledge of Down syndrome, together with more positive attitudes towards the inclusive education of children with Down syndrome, but their attitudes towards disability in general had also changed, and they reported greater ease when interacting with people with disabilities. The study illustrated the value of combining information-based instruction with structured fieldwork experiences in changing attitudes towards disability and inclusion. It also demonstrated that raising awareness of one disability may lead to changes in attitudes towards disability in general.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia