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ERIC Number: ED306743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-29
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions and Opinions of the Membership of the Council for Exceptional Children on Ethnic and Multicultural Issues Related to Council for Exceptional Children Publications.
Kallam, Michael; And Others
A study was conducted to determine special educators' sense of concern or awareness about ethnic/multicultural issues. A questionnaire, sent to 1,000 members of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), achieved only a 17.5% response rate but was felt to represent adequately the entire group. Respondents were asked their opinions regarding the amount of content coverage on ethnic/multicultural issues in "Exceptional Children,""Teaching Exceptional Children," and specialty-area periodicals. Specific ethnic groups of focus included: Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and bilingual/English as a second language students. For most of the publications, coverage was felt to be between "too little" and "about right." Generally, respondents felt that there was too little coverage of issues dealing with Native Americans but acceptable coverage for Blacks. When the actual amount of content material contained within certain CEC publications was analyzed and compared to the content of one non-CEC publication, "Kappan," none of the three publications met standards of "adequacy" suggested for multicultural content. Respondents welcomed the inclusion of additional information on ethnic/multicultural concerns in CEC publications. Appendices contain the survey instrument, comments made by the respondents, and 24 graphs illustrating demographics and characteristics of respondents and participants' opinions about publications. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A