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The Impact of a Special Education Course

You are being invited to take part in a research study because you are a student in EDSP 005. 

This study is being conducted by a team of faculty in the College of Education at the University of Vermont.  Each of the students enrolled in EDSP 005 in the Spring Semester of 2012 is being invited to participate.   

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of an introductory special education course on students’ attitudes towards persons with disabilities. 

If you decide that you would like to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete the on-line survey included in this email. The survey consists of 32 items and should take about 10 minutes to complete.  The survey will ask you a variety of questions about your beliefs regarding persons with disabilities.  There are also some places where you may add your own comments.  You will be asked to complete the survey again at the conclusion of the semester.

There may be no direct benefit to you for participating; however, other individuals and instructors may benefit by knowing more about how special education courses influence students attitudes. 

A potential risk to participation in this study is the possibility for a breach of confidentiality. However, this will be addressed in a number of ways. First, the research team will only know your name and the name of your school.  Your completed survey will be sent to an email account created for this project. A code will be assigned to your survey response and any identifiable information (including your and your school’s name) will be removed. Data will be kept in a locked office in a secure location and will be password protected. Following completion of data analysis, all data will be destroyed.

Your participation in this study is fully voluntary and you may choose not to participate.

The results of the study may be published, but all responses will be reported in the aggregate.  The information obtained during this study is confidential and your identity will remain anonymous in any publications.

If you have any questions concerning your participation please contact Kelly Swindlehurst, Kelly.swindlehurst@uvm.edu.

Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research can be directed to Nancy Stalnaker, Director of the Research Protections Office at the University of Vermont, by calling (802) 656-5040.

Your consent to participate is implied upon the completion of the survey.


There are 32 questions in this survey.