Development and validation of a specific learning disabilities concept questionnaire for parents

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Robert D. Shirk (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop and validate an instrument to measure the level of conceptual understanding about the multi-etiological syndrome of specific learning disabilities of parents who have children suspected of having a Specific Learning Disability. The criterion-related validity was determined by a chi-square analysis among three groups of subjects: (a) 26 professional-semi-professional (Salem College Special Education Certificate students), (b) 25 parents whose children were being tutored at the Center for Special Education, Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and (c) 44 parents whose children were being evaluated for a Specific Learning Disability. The analysis of a 48-item questionnaire supported the hypothesis that there is a difference in the conceptual understanding of the specific learning disability syndrome among the three groups. A 2x2 chi-square analysis identified 34 items which discriminated significantly between (a) the professional-semi-professional group and (b) the parents with children being evaluated for the first time. These items composed the revised instrument, which yielded an internal consistency coefficient of . 68 by the Kuder-Richardson Formula 21.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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