University students' receptivity to peers with disabilities

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Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Education and Arts


This research investigates university students' receptivity to peers with disabilities at two universities in Perth, Western Australia (Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle), and two universities in India (The University of Kolkata (previously Calcutta) and the University of Jadavpur). Data were collected by three methods: (1) a 60 item questionnaire (N=996) based on six aspects supporting receptivity to peers with disabilities-Academic, Interactive, Social, Personal, Professional and Supportive; (2) written open-ended data (N= 201); and (3) four focus groups, two in Perth (N=1O) and two in Kolkata (N=10). The final questionnaire was composed of 30 stem-items each answered in two perspectives: (1) an ideal self-view (What I think I should do) and (2) their self-reported behaviour (what I actually do), making a total of 60 items.