Parents' attitudes toward mainstreaming their handicapped children in preschool programs

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Patsy C. Austin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Canaday

Abstract: Preschool mainstreaming is a practice and an issue currently receiving much attention. In conjunction with the growth of preschool integration, research was conducted examining the individuals who created, implemented, and evaluated such programs. However, thus far, parents have been excluded from the evaluation process. The purpose of this research was to examine parental satisfaction with preschool main streaming. Furthermore, the investigator viewed it as an opportunity for parents to evaluate their child's program, an opportunity not previously afforded, and a right which has typically been ignored. A descriptive self-report design was utilized and questionnaires were self-administered by parents of handicapped preschoolers who were currently being mainstreamed in the Guilford County Head Start Program. Thirty of these parents (63% of the population) comprised the sample for the study. A six-page, fifty-item data collection instrument was developed, entitled. Parental Attitude Survey. Data were analyzed using frequencies and percentages of response categories for each individual item. The results were examined focusing on five variables which were assumed to contribute to the determination of parental satisfaction with preschool mainstreaming.

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Language: English
Date: 1984
Mainstreaming in education
Parents of children with disabilities $x Attitudes

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