Leyser, Y., Greenberger, L., Sharoni, V., & Vogel, G. (2011). Students with disabilities in teacher education: Changes in faculty attitudes toward accommodations over ten years . International Journal of Special Education , 26 (1), 162–174. http://www.internationalsped.com/ijse
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Teacher attitudes on providing accommodations were surveyed.
Participants were faculty members at postsecondary education institutions in Israel. Surveys were distributed in two phases 10 years apart. For the first phase (during the 1996–1997 academic year), 400 questionnaires were administered at one training college, and 116 were returned. In the second phase (2006–2007), 500 questionnaires were distributed in four institutions, and 188 were returned (37 of which were from the same institution as in phase one).
The dependent variable was ratings on Likert-type scales for each survey item. The questionnaire used in 1996–1997 used a four-point Likert scale for 49 items, and the 2006–2007 study used a six-point Likert scale for 47 items.
There were some demographic differences between the 1996–1997 cohort and the 2006–2007 cohort, namely more respondents with advanced degrees, and older mean age of respondents. No major differences were found, however, in faculty willingness to provide students with accommodations, faculty attitudes toward accommodations remaining positive over the last ten years. The findings also revealed a need for training in the area of disabilities, and a need for increased contact with the Office of Special Services (OSS), the disability services provider. Limitations of the study were reported, and future research directions were suggested.