Attitudes of Classroom Teachers, Learning Disabilities Specialists, and School Principals toward Speech and Language Programs in Public Elementary Schools The Scale of Educators' Attitudes toward Speech Pathology (SEASP) was applied successfully to investigate various educational specialists' attitudes toward speech and language programs in public elementary schools. It was found that the overall disposition of classroom teachers, learning disabilities specialists, and school principals toward such programs was moderately favorable. Although ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1977
Attitudes of Classroom Teachers, Learning Disabilities Specialists, and School Principals toward Speech and Language Programs in Public Elementary Schools
 
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  • Richard A. Phelps is presently affiliated with the University of Arkansas Program in Communicative Disorders, 33rd and University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. Requests for reprints should be directed to him there. At the time this study was prepared, Phelps was an assistant professor of speech pathology in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, State University of New York, Geneseo. Roy A. Koenigsknecht is head, Speech and Language Pathology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
    Richard A. Phelps is presently affiliated with the University of Arkansas Program in Communicative Disorders, 33rd and University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. Requests for reprints should be directed to him there. At the time this study was prepared, Phelps was an assistant professor of speech pathology in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, State University of New York, Geneseo. Roy A. Koenigsknecht is head, Speech and Language Pathology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.×
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1977
Attitudes of Classroom Teachers, Learning Disabilities Specialists, and School Principals toward Speech and Language Programs in Public Elementary Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1977, Vol. 8, 33-45. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0801.33
History: Received August 15, 1975 , Accepted February 21, 1976
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1977, Vol. 8, 33-45. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0801.33
History: Received August 15, 1975; Accepted February 21, 1976

The Scale of Educators' Attitudes toward Speech Pathology (SEASP) was applied successfully to investigate various educational specialists' attitudes toward speech and language programs in public elementary schools. It was found that the overall disposition of classroom teachers, learning disabilities specialists, and school principals toward such programs was moderately favorable. Although the overall attitudes of the specialty groups were in a positive direction, an analysis of the individual items indicated classroom teachers, learning disabilities specialists, and school principals perceived that the size of the speech clinician’s case load is too large to provide satisfactory remedial help to each child and that the amount of time allotted each case usually is not satisfactory for effecting the desired behavioral change. It also was found that the classroom teachers of Grades 4–6 evidenced the least enthusiasm for and support of elementary school speech and language services.

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