ERIC Number: ED254978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Information Regarding Mainstreaming of Hearing-Impaired Children: A Preliminary Validity Study.
The use of hypothetical case studies in research on decision-making is examined with particular concern for validity and reliability issues. A validation procedure is suggested and the procedure is used to demonstrate that the proposed protocols yield acceptable measurement characteristics for use in decision-making research in education. Twenty-seven sentences concerning characteristics of hearing-impaired children were rated by 40 parents, teachers, and administrators in terms of the favorability of each statement with regard to mainstreaming. Results indicated: (1) the three groups perceived the favorability of each sentence in the predicted manner (high, moderate, or low); (2) the three groups ranked the items in essentially the same order; and (3) the perceptions of the 27 sentences tended to be homogeneous across the groups. The use of the instrument in future hypothetical case study research in decision-making was therefore generally supported. (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 Southwest Educational Research Association (Austin, TX, January 1985).