ERIC Number: ED228824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Logical and Empirical Analysis of Current Practices in Classifying Students as Handicapped.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
Two studies were conducted to examine the extent to which the category "learning disabilities" (LD) meets the major criterion for classification systems, specifically that the category demonstrates at least one universal and one specific characteristic. Analyses were conducted on psychometric data for 248 students in regular 3rd, 5th, and 12th grade classes, and for 99 4th grade students (some of whom were low achievers and others classified as LD). Findings revealed that 85 percent of the regular class students (grades 3, 5, 12) and 88 percent of the low achievers (grade 4) could be classifed as LD. Further, 4 percent of the LD Ss did not meet any of the criteria for classification of LD. (AUthor/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. for Research on Learning Disabilities.