ERIC Number: ED312848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Dec-29
Reference Count: N/A
Field Initiated Research: A Field Based Study of the Effects of an Educational Program on School Adjustment of Mildly Handicapped Secondary School Students. Final Report.
Perry, Joyce L.
The study investigated short-term effects of a cognitive education program (the Instrumental Enrichment program) on school-related behaviors of 197 mildly retarded, emotionally handicapped, and learning-disabled students, compared to 127 controls. Hypotheses were that Instrumental Enrichment (IE) students would show improvement in cognitive functioning and class/school behavior, while non-IE students would not; that 2-year subjects would show greater improvement on both functioning and behavior than 1-year subjects; and that mentally handicapped students would improve more than the other two groups. It was not possible to demonstrate that a significant effect resulted from IE training, as neither seventh-grade nor eighth-grade subjects showed an increase in academic performance or reduced absenteeism or behavior problems. The only statistically significant differences were found for schools attended, educational exceptionality, and race. The report summarizes and evaluates the project's first year activities and second year activities and offers a final report. Appendices contain summary statistics for study measures by levels of treatment condition, educational exceptionality category, sex, race, and school. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.