ERIC Number: ED269964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Summary Report of a 1985 Survey of Special Education Students.
Spence, Kathleen L.; And Others
A survey of demographic, educational, and career plan information was completed by 2,307 graduate and undergraduate special education majors in 148 institutions of higher education in the United States. Findings are reported for demography (gender, citizenship, age, family characteristics, and parental occupational background); educational background (high school attended, previous enrollment status, work status, program location, factors influencing selection of the institution of higher education, satisfaction with current institution, and financial support); and career plans (intention of pursuing a career in special education, type of community, type of school, type of student, type of classroom, adequacy of training, career aspiration, reasons for pursuing graduate training, alternative careers, and career counseling). Among findings were that 90% intended to pursue a career in special education as a teacher or consultant/specialist and the majority preferred to teach mildly handicapped (specifically learning disabled) students at the elementary level in a self-contained public school class. Conflicts were revealed regarding students' preference for surburban over urban or rural and elementary over secondary placements. Thirty-eight data tables are interspersed throughout the report, and a 7-page reference list is provided. The 9-page survey instrument is included as an appendix. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Dept. of Special Education.