Children with disabilities experience barriers to meaningful engagement in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) learning activities and course options. While inclusion is widely professed, general education teachers report being uncomfortable in adapting coursework or including children with disabilities. However, informal professional development opportunities could potentially impact general education teachers' attitudes and dispositions towards including children with disabilities. The UCF Go Baby Go Kids Building for Kids workshops offers a one-time informal professional development experience that incorporates STEM content along with concepts of disability awareness and social justice. Little to no research exists on the impact of this type of informal program on the attitudes and disposition of general education teachers on children with disabilities. The researcher employed a mixed methods design to examine the attitudes and dispositions of eight general education middle school teachers before and after a UCF Go Baby Go Kids Building for Kids Workshop. Quantitative instruments included the Educator Attitudes Towards Disability Scale (EADS) and the Teacher Attitudes Toward Inclusion Scale (TATIS), and qualitative methods included semi-structured interviews and the researcher's informal observations of the procedures, process, and outcomes. Results of this study did not produce statistically significant differences in pre and post workshop scores on the EADS and TATIS. However, the qualitative data and informal observations offered additional insights into teachers' perspectives on this informal and novel professional development opportunity. Triangulation of the data from this study shows positive trends on the attitudes and dispositions of teachers towards students with disabilities and inclusion.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Education; Exceptional Education
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Tucker, Jennifer, "Determining the Influence of Kids Building for Kids Workshops on Attitudes and Beliefs of General Education Middle School Teachers Toward Students with Disabilities" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1684.