ERIC Number: ED197569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Attending Behavior: Commonalities and Differences Among Educable Retarded, Learning Disabled, and Emotionally Handicapped Juvenile Delinquents.
Hill, Nancy C.; And Others
The study investigated three variables--juvenile delinquency, academic achievement, and attention span--with 77 incarcerated juveniles [18 emotionally handicapped (EH), 20 learning disabled (LD), 19 educable mentally retarded (EMR), and 20 nonidentified]. The Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude were used for testing in the areas of visual and auditory attention span. Although no direct cause-effect relationships were identified by the investigation, some trends were identified and support was found for attention span as a critical variable in learning. One phenomenon evident in the study was a lack of significant differences between the LD and nonidentified groups on the reported measures of attention span. Even though all groups had means below the norm expected for their chronological ages, the EH and EMR students were nearer in mental ages on these measures. The factor which differentiated these two groups was academic achievement, with the EH students scoring higher. Since the LD and nonidentified groups were more nearly alike, it was inferred that no instructional adaptations are necessary for incarcerated LD students or that educational adaptations made for LD students would be equally effective in teaching nonhandicapped incarcerated juveniles. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children National Conference on Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (Minneapolis, MN, August, 1980).