The development of an instrument for measuring pre-service teachers' sentiments, attitudes, and concerns about inclusive education

Tim LOREMAN, Chris EARLE, Umesh SHARMA, Christine Irene FORLIN

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of an improved scale for measuring sentiments, attitudes and concerns about inclusive education in pre-service teachers based on an examination of data gathered from 996 pre-service teachers from five tertiary institutions using a modified version of the Interactions with People with Disabilities scale (Forlin, Jobling & Carroll, 2001; Gething, 1991, 1994), the Concerns about Inclusive Education Scale (Sharma & Desai, 2002), and the Attitudes Toward Inclusive Education Scale (Wilczenski, 1992, 1995). Based on the results of principal component analyses, conceptual judgments made by the research team, and a critique of content and format from an ‘expert group’, a new scale, the Sentiments, Attitudes and Concerns about Inclusive Education scale (SACIE), is developed. The rationale behind the development of the scale is discussed. Copyright © 2007 Centre for Human Development and Research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-159
JournalInternational Journal of Special Education
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Citation

Loreman, T., Earle, C., Sharma, U., & Forlin, C. (2007). The development of an instrument for measuring pre-service teachers' sentiments, attitudes, and concerns about inclusive education. International Journal of Special Education, 22(2), 150-159.

Keywords

  • Sentiments attitudes and concerns about inclusive education (Test)
  • Attitudes/Teachers college students
  • Mainstreaming (Education of the handicapped)/Evaluation
  • Tests and scales/Validity/Construct validity
  • Tests and scales/Construction

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