Attitudes of Students towards Peers with Disabilities

Manidipa Baruah, Neel Harit Kausik


One of the obstacles to the realization of inclusive education can be attitudinal barriers. Attitudes can determine a person’s interactions and behavior towards another person with disability. Hence, positive attitude are essential for the successful interpretation of an inclusive educational system. The current study investigated the kind of attitudes that students hold towards other students with hundred students in the age group of 13 to 15 years from Guwahati, Assam, participated in the study. Fifty participants were from English medium schools and the other fifty participants were from Vernacular medium schools. Semantic Differential Scale was used to gauge their attitudes, on positive and negative attributes, towards peers with disabilities. Results revealed that students held a more positive attitude towards their peers with disabilities than a negative attitude. This was true irrespective of gender and the type of school that the participants belonged to.

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