ERIC Number: ED223036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Defining, Counting, and Characterizing Handicapped Students in the Nation's High Schools.
Plisko, Valena White; Owings, Jeffrey
The paper reports on a national survey which included data on handicapped students in U.S. high schools, as part of a longitudinal study of 58,270 high school students. Findings are described from student self reports and teacher checklists on the existence of specific conditions (for students, learning disability, hearing impairment, speech disability, orthopedic handicap or other health impairment; and for teachers, physical or emotional handicap). Results are discussed regarding the prevalence of handicaps (teachers were more likely to identify students as handicapped than were students to report themselves); sexual, racial, and socioeconomic characteristics of handicapped students; and agreement among the handicap indicators. Observations made from the data included that only a portion of the students who reported a handicap had participated in special education programs; that a larger percentage reported a specific disability than claimed a physical limitation; and that handicap indicators identified similar groups of students although they seldom identified the same individuals. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association Annual Convention (New York, NY, March 20, 1982).