THE IMPACT OF TRAINING OF TYPICAL STUDENTS: KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS STUDENTS WITH BLINDNESS AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS
Keywords:students with blindness and visual impairments, typical development students, knowing, attitudes
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and attitudes of typical students towards students with blindness and visual impairment (BVI) and if the 4-day training for blindness and visual impairment will result in more positive attitudes about students with BVI. Attitudes of 30 participants (18 females, 12 males) were assessed by questionnaire. Effects of 4-day course were tested by comparing pre-training and post-training answer of typical students. After the course, students showed a significant increase in their knowledge about students with BVI (t =-5.794;Â Â p < .05). Median response at initial questionnaire was 15.5 (+8.46) and at finally questionnaire were 2 5.8 (+3.26). This finding is consistent with the increase in correct answers on the pre-post testing. We can conclude that many of the problems of inclusion of children with BVI can be avoided or reduced if the typical development children have prior information about visual impairment and blindness.
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