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ERIC Number: EJ1083837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Faculty Attitudes and Knowledge Regarding College Students with Disabilities
Sniatecki, Jessica L.; Perry, Holly B.; Snell, Linda H.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v28 n3 p259-275 Fall 2015
The presence of students with disabilities (SWD) at colleges and universities in the United States has increased significantly in recent years, yet many of these students continue to encounter significant barriers that can have a profound impact on their college experience. Salient factors that contribute to the challenging climate for SWD include lack of faculty knowledge and awareness of the issues that face these students, as well as negative attitudes toward disability and the provision of accommodations. The current study examined faculty attitudes and knowledge regarding SWD via an online, anonymous survey (n = 123). Results suggest that although faculty have generally positive attitudes toward SWD, they are more likely to hold negative attitudes toward students with mental health disabilities and learning disabilities than toward students with physical disabilities. This study also identified several misconceptions and gaps in knowledge about offices of disability services and provision of accommodations that could negatively impact students. Faculty respondents also expressed strong interest in professional development opportunities related to SWD. Implications of these findings and future directions are also addressed.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Teacher Surveys, Online Surveys, Mental Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Misconceptions, Knowledge Level, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Services, Professional Development, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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