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ERIC Number: EJ817514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
A National Study of Youth Attitudes toward the Inclusion of Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Siperstein, Gary N.; Parker, Robin C.; Bardon, Jennifer Norins; Widaman, Keith F.
Exceptional Children, v73 n4 p435-455 Sum 2007
The authors surveyed a national random sample of 5,837 middle school students on their attitudes toward the inclusion of peers with intellectual disabilities (ID). The national sample provided results that were accurate, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4%. Findings indicated that youth (a) have limited contact with students with ID in their classrooms and school; (b) perceive students with ID as moderately impaired rather than mildly impaired; (c) believe that students with ID can participate in nonacademic classes, but not in academic classes; (d) view inclusion as having both positive and negative effects; and (e) do not want to interact socially with a peer with ID, particularly outside school. Structural equation modeling showed that youths' perceptions of the competence of students with ID significantly influence their willingness to interact with these students and their support of inclusion. (Contains 2 figures and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A