ERIC Number: ED463624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Assessing Special Education in Portugal and the United States: A Comparative Study.
Lombardi, Thomas P.; Lombardi, Estelle J.
A survey investigated special educators' and special education administrators' perceptions of special education within Portugal. Using a 4-point Likert scale, a 15-item questionnaire written in Portuguese was given to 106 participants attending inservice training in Benavente and Seixal, Portugal. Items dealt with attitudes, money, support, curriculum, and preparation. The same questionnaire was given to 107 special educators and administrators from West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Results from the questionnaires indicate that the Portuguese administrators' attitudes, teachers' attitudes, development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), classroom management, and implementation of the IEP were rated highest, although all were within the "fair" categorical range. The lowest Portuguese scores were for monetary support, number of related services, number of classroom aides, community support, and number of special education teachers tied with teacher preparation. Similar findings were identified within the United States sample. Classroom management, development of the IEP, implementation of the IEP, and teachers' attitudes were the highest scores. Low scores were number of teacher aides, community support, monetary support, number of special education teachers, and number of related services. Samples differed on teacher preparation, with the United States respondents viewing this as a strength and the Portuguese respondents as a weakness. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal; United States