ERIC Number: ED148092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-15
Comparisons of Attitudes Toward Mainstreaming Preschool and Kindergarten Children with Special Needs.
Neumann, Elizabeth M.; Harris, A. Christine
The attitudes of 206 administrators, teachers, and parents towards programs and teaching techniques for preschool and kindergarten handicapped children were surveyed, with particular emphasis on attitudes regarding mainstreaming. The study focused on two independent variables, the program the respondent was associated with and the role the respondent played in that program. Three types of responses were measured: acceptance of the mainstream concept, views on what constituted effective resource help for mainstreaming, and attitudes towards teaching techniques for the preschool/kindergarten age group. Among findings were that parents were more concerned about the adjustment of handicapped and nonhandicapped child in the mainstream classroom than were educators; that compared to regular educators, special educators were more likely to favor the use of play as an educational tool; and that little discrepancy was found between resource receivers and resource providers in their perceptions of the utility of specific types of resource assistance. (Appended materials, which make up more than half the document, include the following: pilot study questionnaire and information sheet, results of the pilot study, pilot subject response sheet, information consent statement, questionnaire cover sheet, general information sheets, research questionnaire, letters of introduction, and respondent thank you letter.) (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: The report was prepared by the Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine