Title

The Relationship Among Educational Administration Students' Attitudes Toward Individuals With Disabilities, Knowledge of Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and Selected Variables

Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Edgar H. Bedenbaugh

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the criterion variables of attitude toward persons with disabilities and knowledge of employment requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, the study investigated the criterion variables of attitude toward persons with disabilities and knowledge of employment characteristics of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the predictor variables of experience with individuals with disabilities, personal characteristics, and employment characteristics of students enrolled in educational administration classes. Data were collected for this study through a survey given to 150 educational administration students at a selected southern university. A total of 125 useable surveys were completed by the 127 individuals who chose to participate. Results from the analysis of the data indicated significant independent relationships between the predictor variable of employment characteristics of educational administration students and each of the criterion variables, attitude toward persons with disabilities, and knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A significant relationship between the criterion variable educational administration students' attitudes toward persons with disabilities and the predictor variables of experience with individuals with disabilities, personal characteristics, and employment characteristics was found.