ERIC Number: ED034998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-6
Reference Count: 0
The Application of General Semantics to the Classification of Mentally Retarded. Research Report No. 17. Work Adjustment Project.
Kauppi, Dwight R.
The relevance of general semantics to subject areas in the behavioral sciences has been established many times over, although the application of the principles concerned does not always reflect acceptance. The problem of semantics as related to mental retardation has great importance as life affecting decisions are made in accord with beliefs and practices growing out of the use of the system. Some of the characteristics of a semanticly appropriate system are: (1) it would produce some desirable results, (2) it should allow better communication, and (3) there would be greater agreement among users on the use of the system. In examining outcomes beyond school, the classification system for mental retardation has even less success in prediction. One of the reasons that the mental retardation classification has continued is the involvement with the medical profession, where classification systems are very strong. Many problems that recur seem ample evidence of the results of ignoring the importance and relevance of general semantics principles in devising a classification system. (Author/KJ)
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on General Semantics, Denver, Colorado, August 5th--9th, 1968