ERIC Number: ED050540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
A Survey of Public School Special Education Programs for Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Hirshoren, Alfred; And Others
The survey examined the current status of special education programing for emotionally disturbed children as required, permitted, and/or prohibited by laws or regulations in each state, and as seen by the state directors of special education or their specialists in this area. These officials in each state completed questionnaires concerned with such parameters as definitions and terminology, prevalence, services available, caseload and class size, diagnosis and placement, administrative organization, and success of programs based on numbers of children returned to regular classes. Following a review of related research since 1960, the data, tabulated by region as well as for the entire country, are presented. Findings reveal that six different terms are used to classify emotionally disturbed children. Prevalence estimates varied from .05% to 15%; most states used an estimate of 2% for educational planning. Most often mentioned educational procedures were special classes, resource rooms, and homebound instruction, in that order. Model class size was 10 students, with the age range in the special class often limited to 3-5 years. Standards for case loads varied considerably. Estimates of children returned to regular classes ranged from 5% to over 90%. The key issue appeared to be that of definition. (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Special Education.
Note: Special Education Monograph No. 1-70