Graduate Research Papers
The attitudes of typically developing young children toward their peers with disabilities : a review of the literature
Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Children--Attitudes; Children with disabilities;
The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on young children's attitudes toward their peers with disabilities and its impact on the social interactions between typically developing preschoolers and their peers with disabilities. A three-step search and selection process resulted in eleven studies to be reviewed. The findings in these studies are presented around the cognitive, affective, and behavioral dimensions of attitude formation. Results indicate that while typically developing young children have a simple understanding of disabilities and state their intention to play with and include peers with disabilities they are significantly less likely to play and be friends with their peers with disabilities. Implications for future research are offered as well as implications for practice within early childhood settings.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Linda May Fitzgerald
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©2016 Sara Elizabeth Kayser
Kayser, Sara Elizabeth, "The attitudes of typically developing young children toward their peers with disabilities : a review of the literature" (2016). Graduate Research Papers. 724.
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