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An Investigation Of Preschool-Aged Children's Perceptions Of Their Peers With A Disability, Krista Noelle Van Hooser Jan 2009

An Investigation Of Preschool-Aged Children's Perceptions Of Their Peers With A Disability, Krista Noelle Van Hooser

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This study combines various aspects of previous research on attitudes and behavioral intentions toward children with a disability. It extends previous research in the attempts to evaluate attitudes and behavioral intentions toward intellectual and physical disability separately in addition to examining "general" disability. Study design also allowed for comparisons of children in both inclusive and non-inclusive settings, which many previous research studies did not provide.

Study findings suggest that preschool children are more positive toward and more willing to interact with typically developing peers than with peers with a disability. Moreover, most preschool children do not have an understanding or ...