ERIC Number: ED266586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Elementary Students' Perceptions of the Moderately Mentally Retarded.
Attitudes and perceptions of elementary students about moderately mentally retarded children were measured in three elementary schools providing classroom programs for the moderately mentally retarded and three elementary schools not providing such programs. Additional variables investigated were size of school system/community (small, medium, and large) and grade level (first, third, and fifth). Following random assignments to experimental or control status, all experimental Ss were provided two 1-hour intervention sessions designed to increase student acceptance and awareness of mentally handicapped individuals. Intervention materials were selected from the Better Understanding of Disabled Youth program. Five weeks after the pretest, all Ss were again measured with the same instrument. Initial differences were discovered for each variable under consideration. Change scores between pretest and posttest measure indicated significant differences among comparisons of all experimental variables. Control groups remained stable on all variables from pretest to posttest. Multimedia presentations in the areas of handicap awareness and group interaction were effective ways of increasing students' acceptance of mentally handicapped children in a systematic manner. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (63rd, Anaheim, CA, April 15-19, 1985).