Eastern Caribbean teacher trainees' knowledge of mentally retarded children and opinions regarding their education

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Sep. 1985

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Knowledge of mental retardation and opinions regarding mainstreaming were investigated using trainees at an Eastern Caribbean teachers' college. Relatively limited knowledge about retardation was expressed and trainees were generally in favour of segregated education for all mentally retarded children. Although mainstreaming was thought by many to enhance the mentally retarded child's acceptance by non-retarded peers, it was considered academically disadvantageous for all students. The question of whether these data should be considered indicative of "negative" attitudes towards the retarded is discussed, with reference to recent extra-regional research and to conditions in the Eastern Caribbean


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