Author(s)

William Moylan

Date Approved

7-30-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Sports for people with mental disabilities;College students--attitudes

Disciplines

Higher Education | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a college Unified Sports program on the attitudes of college-aged students towards students with intellectual disabilities. A pre and posttest research design was used in the study. A total of 40 college students participated in the Unified Sports sport club at an institute located in the southern area of New Jersey. Data was collected after a six-week program that played games once a week for an hour. The independent variable in this study was the interactions and education of college students to people with intellectual disabilities. The dependent variable was the attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. Overall, the results yielded that the attitudes of the participants were positive throughout the program. Due to the high positive attitudes in the pre-test, there was no major changes in the post-test that could dictate a change in attitude either positive or negative.

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