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Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v21 n2 p73-90 2008

This investigation examined university staff members' attitudes towards students with learning disabilities (LD) at the postsecondary level. Although prior research has examined university faculty perceptions of students with LD, little is known about staff members' attitudes and perceptions. A survey instrument was administered to approximately 300 staff members at a large private university and resulted in 70 responses. The survey contained items pertaining to knowledge about LD, willingness to provide accommodations, understanding of available support services, and need for professional development. Findings indicated that staff generally had positive attitudes towards students with LD and were willing to provide accommodations. However, a substantial number of respondents indicated a need for training and professional development regarding students with LD in general as well as strategies to support students with LD in postsecondary settings. The implications of these findings are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Private Colleges, Learning Disabilities, Professional Development, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Surveys, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Services, Higher Education

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Author: Murray, Christopher; Flannery, Brigid K.; Wren, Carol

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2865&id=EJ822095



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