ERIC Number: ED263696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Criteria in Special Education Placement Decisions for Hearing Impaired Students. Final Project Report.
To investigate the variables considered important to decisionmakers on an individual basis and within the natural context of the committee meeting, 110 members of 26 Committees on the Handicapped, and 102 members of ancillary professional groups responded to simulated case studies of hearing impaired children. Ss assigned the simulated cases in one of eight placement choices. Committee members also convened to place one randomly selected case. The instruments consisted of questionnaires requesting demographic information, 279 computer generated case studies of hearing impaired children, and a teacher report regarding one randomly selected case study. Data collection resulted in 2120 individual placements and 26 simulated debates regarding the randomly selected case. Analysis of the data showed that the Ss placed relatively different importance on the variables although several emerged as important to all groups. Analysis of committee placements indicated a tendency toward more restrictive placements than those made in the individual task. Anecdotal information indciated that the committees used the teacher report and/or parent preference as basis for the debates. Appendices include the study questionnaires, a group of 10 case studies, and the computer program used for the study. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.