ERIC Number: ED194728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Work-Related Attitudes of Professionals in Special Education. Independent Research and Development Project Reports. Report Number 1.
Evenson, Jill S.
This study investigated opinions about work held by professionals in special education by comparing their views with data collected in a previous study from two other groups (career/vocational educators and social-studies educators) and by analyzing the responses of subgroups within the groups of special educators. A survey (work-concepts scale) was used to determine whether special education professionals significantly differ from other educators in (1) their work values, (2) the way in which they structure their concepts about the value of work, or (3) their conception of the role of the school in preparing students for the working world, as well as (4) whether subgroups of special education professionals significantly differ in their work-concept scores. Results showed that 1,682 educators from three subject areas held moderately positive views about work in America. The mean work-concept scale score for professionals in special education was found to be significantly higher than that for the social studies group and significantly lower than that for the career/vocational group. Within each subject-area group, administrators were found to have more positive attitudes toward work than those working more closely with students (teachers, counselors, and resource specialists). (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: United States
Note: The appended survey form will not reproduce well due to small type.