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ERIC Number: EJ974905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
An Examination of Public Opinion in Austria Towards Inclusion. Development of the "Attitudes Towards Inclusion Scale"--ATIS
Schwab, Susanne; Gebhardt, Markus; Ederer-Fick, Elfriede M.; Gasteiger Klicpera, Barbara
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v27 n3 p355-371 2012
The "Attitudes Towards Integration Scale" (ATIS) assesses the attitude of the general public towards the school integration of children with disabilities. The scale was empirically created in a pilot study (n=351) and later used to survey 2158 people. The data from both surveys are analysed in the present paper; the results show that the scale exhibits acceptable internal consistency (Cronbach's [alpha]=0.83) and that the factorial structure of the scale can be considered as largely confirmed. Overall, the surveyed persons reported a positive attitude towards the school integration of children with disabilities. However, the form of the disability of the integrated child and the level of education as well as the participants' familiarity with the topic of integration of persons with disabilities, age and gender played a role in their assessment. In addition, the results show that pupils in general have a more negative attitude than students and employed persons. Sequence effects could also be shown. Inclusive education is seen as more positive when respondents are first asked to evaluate how a child with a disability gets on in an integrated class and have to evaluate later how a child with the same disability gets on in a special school setting of an integrated class. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria