ERIC Number: ED252297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating and Modifying the Educational Expectations Which Parents and Educators Perceive as Appropriate for Down's Syndrome Children.
Humphreys, Barbara E.
A practicum was conducted to evaluate and modify the educational expectations parents and educators perceived as appropriate for children with Down's Syndrome. The research effort took place after parents were told that their children would attend the local school for the mentally retarded because they exhibited Down's Syndrome. The objectives of the study were to evaluate parents' attitudes toward the education of their children and then, through workshops, attempt to change those attitudes so that the children would be educated according to their ability and not on the basis of their diagnosis or handicapping condition. A total of 764 educators and 100 parents were surveyed. Teachers returned 206 completed questionaires; parents returned 61. Results were evaluated by computer according to the SCSS Conversational System of analysis. In two workshops conducted for parents and educators, children with Down's Syndrome interacted with adult participants. A post-survey following the workshop attempted to determine the effectiveness of the change strategies used. A large percentage of educators did not respond to or comply with the survey, perhaps because it was too long. Although 874 notices were disseminated to parents and teachers, workshop attendance was poor. As a result of the analysis of pre- and post-survey data, it was concluded that the standards of performance were met for practicum goals and objectives. Related materials, including the survey instruments, are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Down Syndrome, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Labeling (of Persons), Mainstreaming, Mental Retardation, Parent Attitudes, Parent Workshops, Pretests Posttests, Questionnaires, Special Education, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Delaware (Wilmington)
Note: Second Year Practicum Report, Nova University, 1984.