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Encouraging Change in Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities Through Undergraduate Leisure Studies and Recreation Courses

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Educators in leisure studies and recreation have an obligation to enlighten students and discourage negative attitudes toward groups that traditionally experience \discrimination. 'Research clearly demonstrates societal prejudice against people with, disabilities and suggests that these biases affect and reduce the quality of life of these individuals. While college age students are capable of these prejudices, their negative attitudes can be altered. College classes can be an avenue for addressing negative attitudes toward people with disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the methods available to leisure studies and recreation educators to discourage negative attitudes toward people with disabilities. Additionally, results of a study which sought improve attitudes toward people with disabilities by using multiple methods of instruction within a recreation course will be discussed.

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Publication
Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 7, 44-54.
Language: English
Date: 1992
Keywords
Leisure, People with disabilities, Prejudice, Education, College students, Attitudes