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ERIC Number: ED054279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Pages: 33
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Labels and Stigma in Special Education.
Jones, Reginald L.
Two notions about the delivery of services to disadvantaged, deprived, and mildly retarded children were advanced: (1) that insufficient attention has been given to the fact that certain special education labels imply deficiencies and shortcomings in children, and (2) that no systematic inquiry has been made of children's perceptions of the labels and services offered them. Analyses of data from several studies involving more than 10,000 public school students, graduates, and dropouts, college students, prospective and inservice teachers, and counselors revealed that: (1) children reject the labels culturally disadvantaged and culturally deprived as descriptive of themselves; (2) acceptance of such labels was associated with lowered school attitudes; (3) teachers hold lowered expectations for performance of the deprived and disadvantaged child; (4) educable mental retardates report (and teachers confirm) stigma associated with special class placement; and, (5) few strategies for the management of stigma in classes for the educable mentally retarded have been developed by teachers. (Author)
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