ERIC Number: ED475793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Behind the Label: The Functional Implications of Disability. SEELS (Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study).
Blackorby, Jose; Wagner, Mary; Cadwallader, Thomas; Cameto, Renee; Levine, Phyllis; Marder, Camille
The Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS) is a national study of the characteristics, experiences and achievements of students with disabilities in elementary and middle school. This report presents results of data (mainly surveys of and interviews with parents) on more than 12,000 students with disabilities, ages 6-12, selected to represent all 12 federal special education categories. The study will collect information on students three times over four years. This report focuses on students' functional abilities in the physical, communication, sensory, social and independence domains. After an introductory chapter, chapter 2 ("Demographic Characteristics of Elementary and Middle School Students Receiving Special Education" by Camille Marder and Mary Wagner) describes the disability classifications and demographic characteristics of students with disabilities, comparing them to nondisabled students and highlighting differences among disabilities. Chapter 3, "Behind the Label: The Functional Implications of Disability" (Jose Blackorby and others), delves into students' functional skills in the physical, sensory, and communication domains. Daily living and social skills are addressed in chapter 4, an analysis of parent reports of students' strengths. Chapter 4 (by Tom Cadwallader and others) is titled "Getting Around, Getting Along: The Daily Living and Social Skills of Students with Disabilities." The final chapter is "A Holistic View of Students with Disabilities" (Mary Wagner and Jose Blackorby) and identifies themes emerging from the study's findings. These themes address issues of development, gender, poverty, and racial/ethnic differences. An appendix provides details on SEELS sampling and on analysis procedures of this first phase. (Contains approximately 70 references and 53 exhibits.) (DB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Interviews, Longitudinal Studies, Middle Schools, National Surveys, School Demography, Special Education, Student Characteristics
For full text: http://www.seels.net.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Prepared with Peggy Giacalone. SRI Project P10656.