Examining the Attitudes of School Counsellors Towards Education of Disabled Individuals According to Their Gender, Experience and Self-Efficacy

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine whether there are differences in attitudes of school counselors in terms of their gender, experience and self-efficacy levels in education of people with disabilities. 345 school counselors working in two different Mediterranean region cities participated in the study. “Attitude Scale Related to Education of People With Disabilities” and “Counselor Special Education Self-Efficacy Scale” were used as data collection tools. Significant differences were found in generalization of education sub dimension in terms of gender, belief and voluntary participation sub dimensions related to education results in terms of experience. Besides, again significant differences were spotted in both general points and investment in special education field, generalization of education and voluntary participation sub dimensions in attitudes of school counselors differing in self-efficacy levels related to the education of people with disabilities. These findings obtained from study were discussed within the context of both activities done related to the education of people with disabilities and the services given.


Keywords: Attitude, disability, school counselor, self-efficacy, experience