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ERIC Number: ED355039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 13
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Kindergarten Teachers' Expectations of Preschoolers Labeled Developmentally Delayed: A Pilot Study.
Zimmerman, Sara Olin; And Others
This study examined 50 kindergarten teachers' perceptions of the success of students who were labeled "developmentally delayed," and of students who had not been so labeled. The term "developmentally delayed" is used to identify young children in need of early intervention. Teachers' perceptions about the teaching skills they used when working with the labeled students were also examined. All teachers surveyed were female, had college degrees, taught in Western Kentucky, and had received some undergraduate training in special education. The survey included a brief vignette of a typical 4-year-old. In half the surveys, the vignette stated that the described preschooler was labeled "developmentally delayed." Teachers were asked to use a Likert type scale to respond to two statements about the vignette. Analysis of the data indicated no significant statistical difference between reactions to the two types of vignettes in terms of either predicted success or teaching ability. There was a relationship between teachers' feelings of adequacy in teaching students with special needs and their predictions for student success. A reference list of 20 items is included. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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