ERIC Number: ED075972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
The Educable Mentally Retarded Child: Current Issues and Teacher Attitudes.
Smith, I. Leon; Greenberg, Sandra
The study of teacher attitudes investigated the issues of identification and labeling of children as mentally retarded in relation to social class and out of school adaptation. Nine student profiles giving identical school performance and testing information but differing in information on social class and behavior outside school were the bases of the questionnaire administered to approximately 200 geographically scattered teachers. Non-deviant behaviors (both competent and incompetent) were considered adaptive at the upper-middle class level while only competent behaviors (both deviant and non-deviant) were considered adaptive at the lower class levels. The perceived appropriateness of the mental retardation label appeared to be a function of social class with the student of low social class more likely to be labeled retarded. Teacher decisions concerning the appropriateness of the mental retardation label were not integrated with decisions regarding adaptiveness. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Curriculum Research and Development Center in Mental Retardation.
Note: A paper presented at American Educational Research Association (February 27 - March 1, 1973, New Orleans, Louisiana)