ERIC Number: ED117899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Semantic Differential to Assess the Perceptions and Attitudes of Preservice and Advanced Degree Candidates Toward Various Exceptionalities.
Stodden, Robert A.; Ianacone, Robert N.
The perceptions of three groups (n=30) of bachelor level special education majors and doctoral candidates in education toward the mentally retarded and various other exceptionalities were measured after exposure to three types of treatment. Of the three groups, the control group received no treatment, experimental group I received negative treatment consisting of a 10-minute slide-tape presentation of various syndromes associated with profound retardation, and experimental group II received positive treatment consisting of a 10-minute presentation of selections recorded by a musically superior group of educable mentally retarded students. Among the findings from pre- and posttests on semantic differential scales were that the attitudes and perceptions of the advanced degree Ss were significantly more positive than those of preservice special education Ss, and that the label gifted was viewed most positive of all labels while severely retarded was viewed most negative. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the California Educational Research Association (54th, San Diego, California, November 12-13, 1975); A few lines may reproduce poorly