Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining attitudinal change in elementary school students as a result of an ability awareness program
by Chupka, Pamela M., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 87; 1523197
Abstract (Summary)

Full inclusion of a student with disabilities in the general education setting has the potential to positively influence both students with special needs as well as their typical developing peers. One strategy to aide in this effort is the use of an ability awareness program to increase understanding and relatability amongst all students. This study will look at the effectiveness of an ability awareness program to evoke change in the attitudes of elementary school children towards their peers with disabilities.

The study consists of second grade students (n = 46), third grade students (n = 15), and observations of first through third grade students with autism (n = 8). Students' attitudes were measured through the use of an attitudinal questionnaire before and after the program. Qualitative data was collected through observation to document the frequency and duration of interactions between general education students and students with autism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richards-Tutor, Cara
Commitee: Hansuvadha, Nat, Pavri, Shireen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Special Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Elementary education, Special education
Publication Number: 1523197
ISBN: 9781303204869
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