Title

Head, Hand and Heart: An Investigation of Attitude Change in Pre-service Teachers Towards Students with Disabilities

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2019

Publication Details

This article was originally published as:

Shields, M. J., & Bolton, D. (2019). Head, hand and heart: An investigation of attitude change in pre-service teachers towards students with disabilities. International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, 14(1), 1-10. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol14/iss1/4

ISSN: 1932-7846

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130103 Higher Education| 130312 Special Education and Disability| 139999 Education not elsewhere classified

Avondale Research Centre

Christian Education Research Centre

Avondale Research Centre

Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Reportable Items

C1

Abstract

This paper reports on a research project conducted over a period of five years, with final-year pre-service students at a small Australian Christian tertiary education college. The study examined the students’ attitudes towards children with special needs, as measured before and after a mandatory special education course. This course focused on three aspects: the head, which constituted knowledge of characteristics of students with disabilities; the hand, which referred to knowledge of current research-based educational and supportive strategies matched to student needs; and the heart, which were attitudes of empathy, compassion, and support within a Christian framework. Strategies used by the lecturer to engender the attitude change revealed by the data are discussed.

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