ERIC Number: ED156628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Identification of Inservice Training Needs and Their Relationship to Teacher Demographic Characteristics, Attitude Toward, and Knowledge of Mildly Handicapped Children. Research Report Series.
Pecheone, Raymond L.; Gable, Robert K.
Because most current literature regarding needs assessment data fails to discuss the meaning of the identified needs, two research questions are investigated: What valid and reliable constructs (components) can be derived from the data which reflect the interrelationships among teacher perceived skills needed for working with mildly handicapped children? What is the relationship between teacher perceived needs and demographic characteristics, attitudes toward, and knowledge of mildly handicapped children? Sample group, instrumentation, and data collection of the project, which investigated over 1,000 teachers in K8 rural, suburban, and urban schools, are described. Eight factors were identified for the first research question: (1) record keeping and evaluation; (2) development of goals and objectives; (3) selection and use of assessment instruments; (4) curriculum development; (5) general knowledge; (6) parent communication; (7) individualization of instruction; and (8) utilization of primary resources. For the second research question, results of a stepwise regression indicate that attitudes and knowledge variables are the best predictors of inservice training needs. Statistical data and charts are appended. (MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Bureau of Educational Research and Service.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 29-31, 1978)