ERIC Number: ED192506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Special Education and the Hispanic Child: Cultural Perspectives.
Condon, Eliane C.; And Others
The text examines issues related to Hispanic children in special education. Chapter 1 discusses four court cases brought against schools for inappropriate placement of Hispanic and other minority students in classes for the educable mentally retarded. Testing is the focus of Chapter 2, which includes analysis of linguistic and cultural bias, factors involved in intelligence testing of Spanish speaking children, and a review of seven tests recommended for diagnosing exceptionalities in this population. Chapter 3 views learning in a dual cultural context; touches on the effects of such cultural factors as dependency, personalism, and humanism; considers the effects of culture on communication; and describes interference factors originating in the majority culture. Related national and state legislation is reviewed in Chapter 4, and Chapter 5 discusses the current status of special education with Hispanics and makes suggestions regarding testing, overall service delivery, inservice training, and teaching competencies. The chapter also provides prescriptions for teaching Spanish speaking children with specific handicaps (emotional disturbance, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and speech and communication handicaps). (CL)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Court Litigation, Cultural Influences, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Federal Legislation, Handicap Identification, Hispanic Americans, Intelligence Tests, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Spanish Speaking, Speech Handicaps, State Legislation, Student Evaluation, Test Bias, Testing
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Inst. for Intercultural Relations and Ethnic Studies.; Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Teacher Corps. Mid-Atlantic Network.