ERIC Number: ED349756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Social Skills and Success in the High School Mainstream: A Comparison of Teachers' and Students' Perceptions.
McLeod, Terry M.; Kolb, Thomas L.
This study examined the degree to which 50 high school students with learning disabilities (LD), 50 normally achieving high school students, and 50 high school mainstream teachers agreed as to which social skills are important for success in the mainstream. Results indicated that LD students differed significantly from teachers on the importance of 9 of the 53 behaviors rated, including the functions of "follows school rules,""exhibits appropriate work habits," and "respects others and their property." Normally achieving students differed significantly from mainstream teachers on 20 items, including such functions as "follows school rules" and "respects others and their property." LD students rated 12 items as more important than normally achieving students, including "exhibits appropriate work habits,""follows school rules," and "respects others and their property" functions. The study concludes that LD students and normally achieving students do not differ significantly in their perception of the importance of certain social skills requisite for appropriate functioning in the mainstream classroom, because the perception differences between teachers and LD students are also common sources of disagreement between teachers and normally achieving students. (Contains 18 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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