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This study explored the attitudes pre-service teachers held toward people with disabilities. The researcher conducted a survey methodology study via questionnaire of repeated measures design, using the respondents as their own controls. The goal of this study was to find out if pre-service teachersâ€™ attitudes toward people with disabilities were affected by descriptive labels such as â€œphysicalâ€ disability or â€œmentalâ€ disability. In other words, did the type of disability affect the pre-service teachersâ€™ attitudes toward that person? Findings revealed that pre-service teachers had a more negative attitude toward people labeled with mental disabilities, and a more positive attitude toward people labeled with physical disabilities or toward people whose type of disability was not specified. In addition, findings revealed that Elementary Education pre-service teachers had a more positive attitude toward people with disabilities (regardless of the descriptive label) than did Secondary Education pre-service teachers.
Kitchen, Suzanne Gosden, "Perception of students with disabilities: An assessment of attitudes held by pre-service teachers." (2007). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 9197.