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ERIC Number: EJ966142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
The Impact of a Working Conference Focused on Supporting Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Rule, Audrey C.; Stefanich, Greg P.; Boody, Robert M.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v24 n4 p351-367 Win 2011
This paper examines the effects of a two-day working conference on attitudes and dispositions of educators and other professionals who have a responsibility to students with disabilities. During this professional meeting, participants shared their experiences and suggested strategies to better educate students with sensory and mobility disabilities. The purpose of this working conference was to stimulate dialogue to (a) improve attitudes toward, (b) investigate ways to better support, and (c) plan accommodations/supports for students with disabilities who have interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in secondary and postsecondary settings. Speakers and participants examined ways to support students transitioning from high school to postsecondary education, shared ideas to ease transitions from community colleges into STEM majors in four-year institutions, explored options for resolution of issues, and advanced recommendations for improving the quality of STEM education. A group of 66 professionals from a Midwest state and 159 upper division preservice students in teacher education participated as collaborative partners with speakers from exemplary programs during this working conference. Workshop participants had more positive attitudes toward teaching science for each of the four areas investigated: attitudes toward students, work-related dispositions, postsecondary dispositions, and work-related performance. The evidence indicates that a short-term working conference can significantly impact educators' preparedness, responsiveness to make accommodations, and attitudes toward including students with disabilities. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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