ERIC Number: ED234565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Assessing Problems and Needs in Educating Minority Handicapped Children.
Forty special education majors (graduate and undergraduate) completed a survey on perceptions of problems and needs in educating minority handicapped children. Perceptions were assessed via 32 items in four major areas: sociocultural factors, identification and evaluation, instruction, and future opportunities. Findings were reported according to agreement/disagreement on each item as well as on discrepancy between corresponding items on the survey form. Socioeconomic discrepancies were revealed in the perceived impact of socioeconomic variables on handicapping conditions and variables on handicapping conditions and existing social/economic status of minority families as compared to whites. Identification/evaluation discrepancies included the need to use standardized tests and the appropriateness of present tests for black children; the influence of the examiner/assessment techniques on performance and the appropriateness of present examiner qualities/testing techniques for black children; and different levels of performance on criterion measures for placement and the suitability of present placement criteria for black children. Among instructional discrepancies indicated were the influence of individualized instruction and the suitability of instruction for blacks; the influence of teacher training on students' success and the qualifications of teachers/quality of teaching for blacks; and the influence of teaching strategies/resources on learning. The futuristic discrepancy revealed by survey responses was between the influence of society's commitment to the further education/employment of the handicapped and the future of minority handicapped children for productive living. In each discrepancy, lower scores were reported for the status of societal/special education services for the minority handicapped item than for its companion item. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children National Conference on the Exceptional Black Child (Atlanta, GA, July 24-27, 1983).