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ERIC Number: ED355047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Preschool Teachers' Expectations of Preschoolers Labeled Developmentally Delayed: A Pilot Study.
Duke, Joni; Prater, Greg
To assess the potentially stigmatizing effects of the label "developmentally delayed," a term used to identify young children in need of early intervention, this study surveyed preschool teachers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The 89 teachers who responded to the survey were all female, and all but 16 had received some undergraduate or graduate training in special education. The survey included a brief vignette that described a typical 4-year-old child. Half the vignettes stated that the described preschooler was labeled developmentally delayed. The other surveys included the same vignette, but the child was not labeled. Teachers were asked to respond, using a Likert scale, to two statements concerning: (1) the child's ability to succeed in their classroom; and (2) their own ability to teach the child. Analysis of the responses indicated no significant difference between teachers' attitudes concerning the success of labeled and nonlabeled preschoolers, and no significant difference between teachers' perceived ability to teach labeled and nonlabeled preschoolers. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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