ERIC Number: EJ925312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Middle School Students' Knowledge of Autism
Campbell, Jonathan M.; Barger, Brian D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n6 p732-740 Jun 2011
Authors examined 1,015 middle school students' knowledge of autism using a single item of prior awareness and a 10-item Knowledge of Autism (KOA) scale. The KOA scale was designed to assess students' knowledge of the course, etiology, and symptoms associated with autism. Less than half of students (46.1%) reported having heard of autism; however, most students correctly responded that autism was a chronic condition that was not communicable. Students reporting prior awareness of autism scored higher on 9 of 10 KOA scale items when compared to their naive counterparts. Prior awareness of autism and KOA scores also differed across schools. A more detailed understanding of developmental changes in students' knowledge of autism should improve peer educational interventions.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Autism, Measures (Individuals), Etiology, Knowledge Level, Prior Learning, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Scores, Developmental Stages, Early Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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