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Abstract

The purpose of the research was to study the effects of different instructional strategies and selected demographic variables on experienced health occupations teachers* attitudes toward disabled persons using three groups: independent study, lecture, and film, in a pre/pose experimental design. MANOVA revealed no significant group effects for instructional strategies. A sequential partitioning of the sum of squares in univariate analyses revealed differences in years of occupational experience, number of courses studied, years of teaching experience, and highest degree earned. Special coursework to teach the handicapped was found to contribute to a positive attitude toward disabled students. This finding suggests that states should require special preparation for all teachers.

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