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Title:An Investigation of Attitudes and Receptivity of Managers in Community Facilities: Toward Integration and Instruction of Persons With Severe Handicaps
Author(s):Lively, Cornelia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Renzaglia, Adelle
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Special
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of different conditions on attitudes and preferences of management staff in potential community training sites (i.e., stores/shops, recreation facilities, consumer services, welfare/social services, educational facilities, religious facilities, health facilities, restaurants). Specifically, two surveys were used to measure and compare management staff attitudes toward persons with severe handicaps and their preferences regarding parameters of training students with severe handicaps to use their sites as consumers across four treatment groups: (a) previous experience group (staff with previous exposure to community-based instruction in their site) (N = 20); (b) inservice presentation group (staff who attended informational presentation on community-based instruction and persons with severe handicaps and who had no previous exposure to community-based instruction) (N = 15); (c) previous experience plus inservice presentation group (N = 13); and (d) control group (N = 17).
The inservice presentations was in a lecture/slide presentation format. Consistency between inservice sessions presented was measured by timing duration and later experimenter and independent expert evaluation of taped content of sessions. Previous experience factors were identified prior to the start of the study. Subjects were randomly selected from a community of approximately 100,000 residents.
A priori analysis utilizing Dunn's procedure was used to compare data from the two surveys across treatment groups. Experts were used to devise a scoring code for one survey. Post hoc analysis (ANOVA) included comparison of survey responses between treatment groups on a per item or per factor basis. Responses to one survey were compared (t test) to responses to the same survey administered in another state to similar subjects.
Results indicated that inservice sessions were very similar in length and identical in content. There were no statistically significant differences between treatment groups on survey responses. Comparison of survey results with the sample from another state showed that one item was significantly different with subjects in the current study showing more positive attitudes on this item. Implications of results were discussed in terms of subjects, dependent measures, and independent variables.
Issue Date:1988
Description:270 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8823185
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1988

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