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

Journal

International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal

Volume Number

14

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

1-10

ISSN

1932-7846

Embargo Period

1-31-2019

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 (HERDC/ERA)

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.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol14/iss1/4

Peer Review

Before publication

Comments

Used by permission: the authors.

This is an open access article made available by George Fox University's Institutional Repository here.


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