ERIC Number: ED250839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Recognizing the Learning Disabled Child: Which Behaviors Do Teachers Use?
Rothlisberg, Barbara A.; Liljestrom, Marilyn E.
In this survey, approximately 30 teachers chose from a list of 56 behavior descriptors those they thought characterized either the learning disabled or slow-learner/low-achiever populations. Results indicated that, as a group, teachers did not distinguish between learning disabled and other under-achievers on the listed behavioral descriptors, except on the characteristics of low intelligence. Eighty-three percent of the teachers characterized low achievers as having low intelligence, while 24% thought learning disabled students could be described in this fashion. Findings called into question educators' ability and purpose in making classificatory descisions and illustrates the confusion surrounding the learning disability designation. (The list of behavior descriptors is included.) (Author/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 Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).