ERIC Number: ED162454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Least Restrictive Alternatives on Relevant Education Role Groups.
Larson, Harry J.; And Others
The study compared two groups of fourth grade special needs children differing in mainstreaming experience--one group was currently receiving more segregated instruction than they had the prior year and the other group was receiving less. Variables investigated included measures of their attitude toward school, social acceptance by regular class children, attributes of their individual educational plans, opinions of their parents and teachers toward mainstreaming, and their regular teacher's perceptions of needs in the area of special education. Among findings were that changes in mainstreaming, type of instructional program, and student sex were, for the most part, unrelated to student perceptions of the quality of school life; that parents viewed segregated education more favorably as a way of educating children than did regular class teachers; and that the exceptional children in the sample, regardless of their change in mainstreaming, type of instructional program, or sex, were chosen less frequently by their regular class peers using a sociometric task than would be expected. (Appended materials include 1976-77 integration reports for communicatively and learning handicapped students, a copy of the Quality of School Life Questionnaire, and talley sheets for the Group Learning Survey.) (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Contra Costa County Dept. of Education, Pleasant Hill, CA.
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