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ERIC Number: EJ948856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Ascertaining Disabling Perceptions Using Perceptual Mapping: Applications to Teachers' Perceptions of Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Rush, S. Craig; Wheeler, Joanna
Disability & Society, v26 n6 p743-756 2011
Research has demonstrated that humans form perceptions as a result of a variety of complex cognitive processes. The purpose of this pilot study is to demonstrate the potential use of perceptual mapping as a means to capture the perceptions of groups of individuals who work closely with people with disabilities and examine their perceptions in a graphic display that is understandable to the group and may be a means to help them to better recognize, understand, and ultimately alter any faulty perceptions of people with disabilities. In this case, a pilot group of 10 teachers was used to examine their perceptions of adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder using perceptual mapping. The pilot study offers support for perceptual mapping as an effective means to collect, organize, and convey information regarding perceptions of disability, which may be useful to facilitate a deeper understanding by those who hold flawed perceptions that can be disabling to those with whom they interact. The methodology of perceptual mapping and implications for its use are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A