Attitudes of preservice teachers towards teaching deaf and ESL students

Ting, Claire & Gilmore, Linda (2012) Attitudes of preservice teachers towards teaching deaf and ESL students. Australian Journal of Teacher Education.


This study explored preservice teacher attitudes towards teaching a deaf student who uses Australian Sign Language (Auslan) compared to a student who is new to Australia and speaks Polish. The participants were 200 preservice teachers in their third or fourth year of university education. A questionnaire was created to measure attitudes, and participants were also asked to list teaching strategies they would use with the two students. A factor analysis yielded two subscales: Teacher Expectations and Teacher Confidence. Results showed that teachers had higher expectations of the Auslan student than the Polish student, and were more confident about teaching the Auslan student. Differences between the two conditions were also found for suggested teaching strategies. The findings have implications for teacher education programs.

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ID Code: 57076
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: teacher attitudes, teacher expectations, deaf, ESL, teaching strategies, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 01:17
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 08:28

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