ERIC Number: ED385969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Social Ecology Research Project, 1988-1991. Final Report.
Coleman, J. Michael; Minnett, Ann M.
This report describes the Social Ecology Research Project, which assessed the foundations of personal-social competence in children with mental handicaps (MH). Children with mild MH (n=1,200) and their normally achieving peers (n=2,500), all ages 8-14, were studied over 3 years. Students were assessed in resource and regular classrooms, and information was obtained concerning perceptions of the child's competence within the family and other nonschool groups such as scouts. Social competence ratings, which were obtained from the child, teachers, parents, and from observation, covered self-concept, social status among peers, self-attributions, level of social cognition, loneliness, social affiliations, and social interactions. Academic information was also obtained. The following papers are appended: "Learning Disabilities and Social Competence: A Social Ecological Perspective" (J. Michael Coleman and Ann M. Minnett) and "Similarities in the Social Competencies of Learning Disabled and Low-Achieving Elementary School Children" (J. Michael Coleman et. al). A list of 28 papers and dissertations completed by project staff is included, along with questionnaires and survey instruments. (Contains 69 references total.) (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Dallas. School of Human Development.; Dallas Independent School District, TX.