ERIC Number: ED160642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation and Revision of an Inventory for Measuring Attitudes toward Mainstreaming.
May, Barrie Jo; Furst, Edward J.
The psychometric properties of the Mainstreaming Planning Inventory, a 40-item composite scale for measuring attitudes toward mainstreaming in education, were examined. Using the responses of 90 faculty in a college of education, of 261 undergraduate students in that college, and of 40 graduate students in education, alpha coefficient and factor analyses were conducted to provide comparative data on elevation and variability of attitudes. Test items, factor loadings, standard deviations, and a comparison of means on items are appended. The factors which emerged from analysis involved the acceptance of mainstreaming; the resulting adjustments in the classroom; the emotional demands and sensitivity of the handicapped student; the confidence of teachers to cope with demands caused by mainstreaming; positive expectations for the handicapped; treatment of handicapped students; views of parents of the handicapped; and the effects of mainstreaming on normal students. Differences between pairs of means generally appeared on items relating to the ability of the handicapped to perform, the advocacy of mainstreaming, and the benefits to the handicapped. Overall, the three samples were favorable toward mainstreaming and other issues related to the handicapped, with the faculty the most approving. Cautions and philosophical limitations are also discussed. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Handicapped Children and Youth.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville. Coll. of Education.