ERIC Number: ED449086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
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Civic Competencies and Students with Disabilities.
Hamot, Gregory E.; Shokoohi-Yekta, Mohsen; Sasso, Gary M.
Given the need for students with disabilities to acquire citizenship skills similar to those of their peers, this study explores and describes the understanding of selected civic competencies found in students of inclusive social studies classes and how they acquired this understanding. First, the study explores whether or not the level of understanding is significantly similar between students with disabilities and general education students in inclusive classrooms, thus supporting the philosophical underpinnings of inclusion in a democratic society. Second, the study describes the sources responsible for student understanding of these civic competencies with the goal of determining similarities and differences in these students' sources of knowledge. A test of civic competencies was developed for a basis of comparison, and a descriptive analysis of students' self-reported sources for understanding civic competencies was conducted. Participants included 32 students with disabilities and 474 general education students, all of whom attended 3 high schools in Iowa. The study included only those students who were present in inclusive classrooms. Findings suggest that students with disabilities did not fare as well as their general education peers on a test of civic competencies. Hispanic students, compared with white students, comprised the only ethnic group to show a significantly lower understanding of civic competencies as per the test of civic competencies. Three sources of knowledge (curriculum, parents, and peers) emerged as similar for all groups of students. (Contains a figure, 3 tables, and 21 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa