Teacher education for diversity

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Jobling, Anne, Forlin, Chris, Tait, Kathleen and Carroll, Annemaree. 1999. "Teacher education for diversity." Queensland Journal of Educational Research. 15 (2), pp. 207-225.
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Teacher education for diversity

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AuthorsJobling, Anne (Author), Forlin, Chris (Author), Tait, Kathleen (Author) and Carroll, Annemaree (Author)
Journal TitleQueensland Journal of Educational Research
Journal Citation15 (2), pp. 207-225
Number of Pages19
Year1999
PublisherQueensland Institute for Educational Research
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN1329-0703
Web Address (URL)http://www.iier.org.au/qjer/qjer15/forlin.html
Abstract

This research reports the findings from three Queensland universities regarding preservice teachers' attitudes towards people with disabilities. The Interactions With Disabled Persons Scale (Gething, 1991) was administered to investigate the effect of personal attributes on preservice teachers' acceptance of and social interactions with people with disabilities. The findings indicate that only four percent of preservice teachers surveyed had undertaken any compulsory courses and only 18 percent had taken elective units in teaching children with special needs. Preservice teachers who had at least weekly contact with people with disabilities perceived less discomfort with such interactions than did those who had less contact. Additionally, postgraduate students experienced greater discomfort than undergraduates did. The implications of these findings for the development of compulsory preservice courses that focus on diversity and for subsequent changes in content at the participating universities are discussed.

Keywordsdisabled; attitudes; student teachers
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
390411. Special education and disability
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Faculty of Education
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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