ERIC Number: ED193740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Communication Between Handicapped and Nonhandicapped Children: A Network Analysis of a Mainstreaming Program.
Thompson, Teresa L.
Research was conducted to test six hypotheses about the social effectiveness of mainstreaming orthopedically handicapped children. Data were collected on the network structures of the social relationships among handicapped and nonhandicapped children in first, third, and sixth grade classrooms. The three samples of children used in the study included nonhandicapped, nonmainstreamed children; handicapped and nonhandicapped children in mainstreamed classrooms; and handicapped, nonmainstreamed children. Children in all three samples were asked questions about how much they played with handicapped and nonhandicapped children both at school and at home. Pictures were taken of each child in the selected mainstreamed classrooms, and the children in these classrooms were shown the pictures of their classmates and asked how often they talked to or played with the pictured child. Only one of the six hypotheses was supported, indicating that orthopedically handicapped children were less integrated into overall communication networks. Those children who were mainstreamed did have more contact with peers outside of school than those who were not mainstreamed. The network analysis procedure appeared to be an accurate index of communication patterns, and the use of photographs in the process increased reliability and children's willingness to participate. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).