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Attitudes toward disability: Teacher education for inclusive environments in an Australian university

Tait, Kathleen;, Purdie, Nola,

Academic Literature

2000

The Interaction with Disabled Persons Scale (IDP) was used to explore the attitudes of preservice teachers at a large Australian University to people with disabilities. Using statistical modelling, the factor structure of the IDP Scale was tested. The best fitting model was found to be one in which there were four factors (Discomfort, Sympathy, Embarrassment, and Vulnerability) that were derived from 16 items. Although significant effects were found for type of course, age, gender, language, and frequency of contact, the magnitude of these effects was minimal. Changes in student teachersÂ’ attitudes toward disability over a one year general teacher training course were found to be minimal.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education, Social relationships

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