ERIC Number: ED319177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Evaluating Case Study Methods Used To Diagnose Behavior Disorders.
Swartz, Stanley L.
The case study method used to determine eligibility for referral to special education in Illinois is examined. Required case study components in Illinois include an interview with the child, consultation with the child's parents, social developmental study, assessment of the child's adaptive behavior, assessment of the child's cultural background, medical history/current health status, vision and hearing screening, academic history, assessment of current educational functioning and level of educational achievement, evaluation of learning processes, assessment of learning environment, and specialized evaluations, including speech/language and psychological, as needed. A total of 549 professionals were surveyed, including regular and special education teachers, administrators, psychologists, school social workers, and other practitioners. Respondents were asked to rate usefulness of the various case study components and indicate what professional should have primary responsibility for component completion. Overall ratings for usefulness of case study components were high. Highest ratings were for current educational functioning and psychological evaluation. In general, components that were psychoeducational and medical ranked as more useful than those that were sociological/environmental. Teachers, psychologists, and social workers emerged as primary diagnosticians. Modifications of case study components for different age levels and for variations in severity of behavior disorder are also examined. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois