ERIC Number: ED192469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
An Operational Definition of Learning Disability and its Application to a Study of Juvenile Delinquents.
Varvariv, Dora S.; Campbell, Paul B.
The paper reviews various types of definitions of learning disabilities and presents the specific operational definition that was used in a study involving 1,105 adolescents on the relationship between learning disability and juvenile delinquency. The definition of learning disability is analyzed in terms of its principal components, types of approaches used, and varying levels of conceptualization. The fundamental presumptions of the definition are discussed in terms of the variability in their interpretation. The central cause of the learning problem is then examined, the focus being placed on the variance in the types of areas stressed and the levels of conceptualization used to describe the nature of the cause. Various modes of classification are presented and exemplified in different remediational approaches. Against this background, the authors present the operational definition that was used in the study on learning disability and juvenile delinquency. First, the conditions under which data collection took place are discussed and the test data used in the study are presented. The paper then attempts to answer a series of questions using the data. Questions are directed toward analyzing how the measurement of the concept worked. Various factor analytic and correlation studies are discussed. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.