University of Vermont

Teachers' Attitudes towards Students with Learning Disabilities in Different Countries


Title of Research: Teachers’ Attitudes towards Students with Learning Disabilities in Different Countries

Principal Investigator: Katharine Shepherd, Ed.D., University of Vermont

Purpose of Study:

The purpose of this research study is to examine attitudes of teachers of students in the 4th and 5th grades toward students with learning disabilities in their classes. The study is being conducted by researchers in the United States, Italy, and France to identify similarities and differences in attitudes across the three countries and to explore the degree to which teachers’ attitudes may be related to culture and/or national level education policies. 

You are being invited to participate in this study because you are a classroom teacher who serves students in grades 4 and 5 in a public school in Vermont. All teachers in Vermont who serve students in these grades are being invited to participate, for a total of about 450 teachers.

If you would like to participate, please complete the 24 item survey that will be activated when you press the “Next” button at the bottom of this page. The survey should take about 10 - 15 minutes to complete.  The questions ask you to identify how instruction and special education services are delivered to students with learning disabilities, and your feelings about meeting the needs of these students in your class and school. The survey asks a few basic demographic questions (e.g., your gender and years of teaching experience); however, no identifying information will be collected. 

There may be no direct benefit to you for participating; however, other teachers, administrators, and policy makers from different countries may benefit by knowing more about the similarities and differences that exist internationally with respect to attitudes towards students with learning disabilities.  

The results of this survey will be anonymous; therefore the risks of participation are minimal. The research team will know the name of your superintendent, but we will not know your name or the names of other individuals completing the survey. Your completed survey will be sent to a LIME survey portal created for this project. The results of surveys completed in Vermont will be summarized and sent to the researchers in Italy and France. Results may eventually be published, but all information will be reported anonymously.

If you have questions or would like to receive the results of the study when it is published, please contact Katharine Shepherd at Katharine. Shepherd@uvm.edu.

By clicking on to the “Next” button below, you are indicating that you consent to participate in this study. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete this survey.

There are 24 questions in this survey.