ERIC Number: EJ924971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
"He Is More like Us, Looking for a Person to Date and Eventually Share His Life with": Perspectives of Undergraduate Students on Being a Member of a "Circle of Support"
Rao, Shridevi; Petroff, Jerry
Disability & Society, v26 n4 p463-475 2011
Based on a qualitative study, this article describes how undergraduate students in a teacher preparation program construct and make meaning of their experiences in supporting an adult with a disability as the member of a "circle of support". Data were collected through detailed reflection journals that were submitted by the students. Findings indicate that being a "circle member" enabled students to challenge stereotypical perceptions of disability, expand their understanding of relationships and the ways in which they are created or sustained within a community as well as develop an increased awareness of the exclusionary experiences that people with disabilities often face. The findings of this study suggest that field experiences that place pre-service teachers in non hierarchical relationships with people with disabilities could play a crucial role in encouraging future teachers to challenge the dominant views of disability.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Disabilities, Consciousness Raising, Friendship, Preservice Teachers, Adults, Journal Writing, Reflection, Stereotypes, Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Social Support Groups, School Community Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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