ERIC Number: ED258379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Status Report of the Learning Disabilities Program Characteristics of Students and Practices, 1983-1984. Report No. 8431.
Prusso, Kenneth W.; And Others
The study examines data on the current LD (learning disability) population in the School District of Philadelphia. Data were drawn from files of demographic and achievement figures, individual special education files, and interviews with psychologists, instructional advisors, parents, and teachers. Findings are presented in terms of four major topics: demography (proportion of students by age, distribution by race and sex, attendance data); selection practices and characteristics of LD students (summary of interviews, identification characteristics); characteristics of LD students (initial screening checklist, students' feelings of responsibility for achievement); and parent responses from mail and telephone surveys. Among findings are that the LD population is increasing rapidly, the largest proportion by age tends to be concentrated at the junior high level, specific criteria for LD were generally absent, differences in degree of inappropriate behavior could account for differences in full time and resource room assignments for elementary students; and parents were quite favorably disposed toward the LD program. Appended are sample comments on students recommended for special education by school personnel in eight districts and summaries of interviews with psychologists and instructional advisors. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)