ERIC Number: ED040529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between the Training, Experience, and Selected Personality Characteristics of Teachers and the Progress of Trainable Mentally Handicapped Children. Final Report.
Semmel, Melvyn I.; And Others
Data were obtained from surveying and testing 86 teachers and 979 trainable mentally handicapped (TMH) children. Results indicated that most teachers were married and had college degrees, but had only limited experience and no relationship outside the classroom with retarded children. Over a fourth were not certified. Most preferred to teach preschool or elementary, were disturbed by behavior problems and lack of pupil response, and viewed patience, calmness, and a sense of humor as greatest teacher assets. They emphasized the development of social skills abilities in their pupils and regarded the goals of social skills and emotional maturity as the best liked characteristics of their pupils. Most pupils in the 40 to 49 IQ range were judged capable of intelligible speech; mongoloids outnumbered brain injured children; most pupils had been in the county programs for 2 years or less. Over half the pupils had no retarded siblings; most came from blue collar families with the mother at home. Statistical analysis indicated that the vast majority of teacher variables were unrelated to pupil growth as measured by the Cain Levine Social Competency Scale. Six related studies are included. (JD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wayne County Intermediate School District, Detroit, MI.