ERIC Number: ED042279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Behavior Rates of Exceptional Children.
Duncan, Ann Dell
The paper discusses the effects of labels on exceptional children and the benefits of tracking individual or class behaviors instead of mere labels. To determine the sensitivity of behavior rate of planning remedial action, 97 children (mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, regular, learning disabled, and brain damaged) were rated on five behaviors (tapping, walking, reading, answering, and counting). The results indicate that behavior rates from all categories overlapped, rates of regular children were significantly faster than the retarded but no different from the other categories, and there were no significant differences between the four exceptionalities. Conclusions are that there may have been too varied collection procedures, the behaviors rated were not sensitive to the differences in the children, or the children may have been mislabeled. In the future labels must become much more individualized. (JM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Dept. of Special Education.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota, March, 1970)