ERIC Number: ED249735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Identification Through Placement Process for Mildly Handicapped Students in Middle Schools.
Massanari, Carol Byler
The study focused on the special education identification through placement procedures for mildy handicapped students in one school district in order to: (1) describe what occurred in the decision making process in relation to what was "supposed" to occur, and (2) analyze collected data to identify factors which influenced decisions. Data were collected at three middle schools by using noted observations, tape recordings of meetings, tape recorded interviews of individuals involved in the process, and collected documents. Observations revealed that procedural steps were indeed followed, but decisions were influenced by factors unaddressed or assumed in the written procedures. The underlying assumptions of the procedures did not fit the reality of the school organization. Data analysis suggested four major factors which influenced decisions in the special education identification through placement process: (1) individuals continued to be decision makers despite the requirement that groups (teams) be used for decision making; (2) school personnel had limited time available for team meetings and procedural steps were lengthy: (3) information systems did not facilitate the flow of available information; and (4) limited interventions at the regular classroom level encouraged referral and placement decisions. The study found that procedural requirements operate within organizational constraints, suggesting that human and bureaucratic influences be considered when developing or changing procedures for making decisions about prospective special education students. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of New Mexico.