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Developmental expectations, personality stereotypes, and attitudes towards inclusive education : Community and teacher views of Down syndrome

Gilmore, Linda, Campbell, Jennifer, & Cuskelly, Monica (2003) Developmental expectations, personality stereotypes, and attitudes towards inclusive education : Community and teacher views of Down syndrome. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 50(1), pp. 65-76.

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Abstract

Knowledge about Down syndrome and attitudes towards the educational inclusion of children with Down syndrome were examined in a sample of 2,053 people from the community and a group of 538 experienced teachers. Although both groups displayed reasonably accurate knowledge about Down syndrome and its developmental consequences, they significantly underestimated the average life expectancy for a person with the syndrome.
In both groups, a positive stereotype of children with Down syndrome as particularly affectionate and happy was evident. Despite recognising the educational, social, and emotional benefits of inclusive schooling, only around 20% of each group believed that the regular classroom was the best setting for children with Down syndrome. The findings suggest that accurate knowledge and positive, but realistic, expectations are important for enhancing the acceptance of individuals with disabilities within their schools and communities.

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ID Code: 4307
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Down syndrome, teachers, education, inclusive schooling, educational inclusion
DOI: 10.1080/1034912032000053340
ISSN: 1465-346X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in International Journal of Disability, Development and Education 50(1):pp. 65-76.
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:16

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