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Educating about disabilities : an evaluation of a teaching package on epilepsy for primary school students

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This dissertation addressed the problem of changing attitudes towards those people with disabilities, specifically changing the attitudes of primary school children towards people with epilepsy. A literature search was undertaken to assess the current views on the nature of attitudes and attitude change, and to examine the sources of attitudes toward the disabled. A lack of knowledge about disabilities was seen as one determining factor influencing attitudes. As a result, a research study was undertaken which established the level of children's general knowledge of epilepsy using a knowledge-based questionnaire as the measuring instrument. After the questionnaire, the children were either (a) presented with a lesson about people with epilepsy (b) exposed to no further information about epilepsy. After six months, the scores of the different groups were compared, together with scores from a group of children who had not been exposed to the questionnaire nor been presented with any information. All children were given an attitude questionnaire following the final knowledge-based questionnaire. The children who had been presented with the lesson about people with epilepsy had significantly higher scores both on the knowledge-based and attitudinal questionnaires. The dissertation presents an account of the above research, together with an evaluation of the teaching materials used.


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Copyright 1986 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)-University of Tasmania, 1987. Bibliography: leaves 76-81

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