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ERIC Number: ED170999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Relationship Between Specific Organizational Variables and Integration of Emotionally Disturbed and Neurologically Impaired Students.
Simek, Rona
The paper explores the relationship between specific organizational variables of four public elementary schools and the integration of emotionally disturbed and neurologically impaired students into regular classes. It is explained that in a review of the literature concerning organizational variables and change, nine variables were selected for study: goal setting, adaptation, communication, leadership, decision making, human resource utilization, attitudes, morale, and cohesiveness. Using a naturalistic approach and a systems model, indicators of each variable are reported to have been obtained through observation, document search, and interviews. Results of comparison of data for integrated and non-integrated schools are examined, and variables which differentiated integrated from non-integrated schools at input (goal setting), thruput (communication, leadership, decision making, human resource utilization, and attitudes), and output (neither morale nor cohesiveness) are reviewed. Implications are discussed within the framework of the conceptual model. Among general conclusions drawn are that variables at the thruput level have the greatest relationship to integration as change and that variables which interface with the environment at the input and output levels have the weakest relationship. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session A-3)