ERIC Number: ED245515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-24
Reference Count: 0
Comparing Predictions of Future Trends in Special Education. Final Performance Report.
O'Shea, Lawrence J.
The study examined predictions concerning the future of special education as voiced by special education administrators, special education teachers, and members of advocacy organizations for the handicapped. A Delphi survey composed of four rounds was used to elicit responses from participants and to obtain a consensus of opinion within each group. Ss were asked to write statements about topics (such as parent participation, program monitoring, least restrictive environment, and personnel preparation) dealing with P.L. 94-142, The Education For All Handicapped Children Act, over a span of the next 30 years. Ss were also asked to estimate time intervals. Analyses revealed a pattern of increased parent participation with greater insistence on accountability and cost effectivenss, need for improved programs to provide for post secondary success, desire for increased community intergration of handicapped students, and the importance of providing increased training for regular class teachers of handicapped students. No significant differences among groups were noted in their perception of probable future events. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.