Walking the walk: Rasch analysis of an exploratory survey of secondary teachers' attitudes and understanding of students with learning difficulties

Watson, Julie, and Bond, Trevor G. (2007) Walking the walk: Rasch analysis of an exploratory survey of secondary teachers' attitudes and understanding of students with learning difficulties. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 12 (1). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This paper describes the use of low stakes Rasch analysis to examine the fi ndings of a 2004 survey focused on secondary teachers’ attitudes and understanding of students with learning diffi culties. The responses of 280 secondary teachers from across Queensland have been interpreted in complementary ways. Two sets of quantitative data were subjected to analysis using the Rasch model for rating scale data (Andrich, 1988; Bond & Fox, 2001). Attitudinal data was collected by Likert scale responses while data obtained from statements about student characteristics was analysed for understanding. These results were linked to demographic indicators and to qualitative data of selected teacher groups. This exploratory study revealed a uniformity of teacher attitude and understanding regardless of demographic indicator. This has signifi cant implications for teacher educators, pedagogy, school organisation and culture as well as for the large numbers of students with learning diffi culties enrolled in secondary schools.

Item ID: 2660
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Rasch analysis; teacher Education; learning difficulties
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ISSN: 1940-4166
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2009 22:23
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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