ERIC Number: ED052848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
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Current Retardation Procedures and the Psychological and Social Implications on the Mexican-American. A Position Paper.
Mercer, Jane R.
In view of the disproportionately large numbers of Mexican American children in special education classes, this position paper presents past and current research findings examining 2 hypothetical causes of the disproportion: discriminatory referral procedures and discriminatory clinical procedures. Examining 1 medium-sized California school system, it was determined that the pupil personnel department's clinical testing procedures rather than referral processes produced the ethnic misrepresentation in special classes. Recommendations are that (1) more refined scales need to be developed for assessing the child's adaptive behavior outside the school and (2) pluralistic norms need to be used in interpreting the meaning of both the IQ and the adaptive behavior score for children of Mexican American heritage. Five tables and 16 references are included. (MJB)
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Sponsor: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
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Identifiers - Location: California