ERIC Number: ED219903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge and Attitudes of Bronx County New York Public School Principals with Regard to the Placement of Children in the Least Restrictive Environment.
A survey of 71 elementary school and 39 middle school principals in Bronx County, New York, was designed to compare their knowledge and attitudes regarding placement of handicapped children in the most appropriate least restrictive environment and to examine the effects of experience and background on their knowledge and attitudes. The principals were administered the Rucker-Gable Educational Programing Scale. Conclusions were: (1) that both the elementary and middle school principals were severely lacking in knowledge toward the educational placement of handicapped children; (2) that principals tended toward programing for mildly handicapped children in more restrictive educational environments than did the experts; (3) that years of experience as a principal had no statistically significant effect on knowledge or attitudes; and (4) that for both elementary and middle school principals, having special education classes housed in their school buildings had no significant effect on knowledge and attitudes. Among recommendations was the development of inservice training programs for principals focusing on appropriate placement of handicapped children in the least restrictive environment. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (60th, Houston, TX, April 11-16, 1982, Session Th-76).