ERIC Number: ED177803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec-19
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Process of Mainstreaming Handicapped Children Into Project Head Start. Phase II. Final Report.
Vogel, Ronald J.; And Others
The document, nearly half of which consists of appendixes, presents the final report on Phase II of a 2 year study to evaluate the process of mainstreaming handicapped preschool children into Project Head Start. During the second year (Phase II) of the study, baseline and posttest developmental assessments were conducted on approximately 400 Head Start handicapped children, 350 non-Head Start handicapped children, and 150 handicapped children not enrolled in any programs, in an attempt to assess the relative impact of the Head Start handicapped effort. The report covers such aspects as study design issues, measurement issues, sampling procedures, outcome variables, child/family background characteristics, program/staff characteristics, and between and within group analysis of study outcome variables. The results of two reliability substudies conducted to ascertain the degree of confidence that may be invested in data from key dependent variables are reported, and the issue of handicap severity as an important explanatory variable is discussed along with how severity was measured for the purposes of the evaluation. Classroom structures are examined along with staff characteristics (such as background, preparation, and attitudinal orientation with respect to the provision of services to handicapped children). Among the 13 appendixes are various instruments, forms, and criteria used in the study. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.