You are not logged in.
Openly accessible

Does universal design education impact on the attitudes of architecture students towards people with a disability?

Hitch, Danielle, Dell, Kelsey and Larkin, Helen 2016, Does universal design education impact on the attitudes of architecture students towards people with a disability?, Journal of accessibility and design for all, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 26-48, doi: 10.17411/jacces.v6i1.103.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
hitch-doesuniversaldesign-2016.pdf Published version application/pdf 929.03KB 2

Title Does universal design education impact on the attitudes of architecture students towards people with a disability?
Author(s) Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Dell, Kelsey
Larkin, Helen
Journal name Journal of accessibility and design for all
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 26
End page 48
Total pages 23
Publisher Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Place of publication Catalunya, Spain
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2013-7087
Summary The impact of the built environment on the participation and engagement of all people in the community is now widely recognized. The principles of universal design originated from the field of industrial design and architecture, as a design foundation for more useable products and environments. The aim of this study was to investigate the attitudes of architecture students towards people with a disability, comparing those who received inter-professional universal design education with those who had not. A sample of 147 Australian undergraduate architecture students (response rate 39.7%) completed the Interaction with Disabled Persons Scale (IDP). Quantitative descriptive analysis of their scores was undertaken, along with inductive analysis (Mann-Whitney U tests and ANCOVA). Architecture students who had previously participated in inter-professional universal design education had significantly less negative attitudes on two items of the IDP – ‘I wonder how I would feel if I had this disability’ and ‘I am grateful that I do not have such a burden’. They also expressed significantly less fear towards people with a disability, as measured by that factor on the IDP. This study suggests education around universal design may promote more positive attitudes towards people with a disability for architecture students, but further research is required to gain a comprehensive understanding of this topic. This study also raises the issue of the need for the development of more contemporary attitudinal scales in relation to disability and impairment.
Language eng
DOI 10.17411/jacces.v6i1.103
Field of Research 120399 Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087307

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
Open Access Collection
Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 28 Abstract Views, 2 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 09:38:00 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.