Volume 9, Issue 2 (1980)
A Direct Measure of Adaptive Behavior
Richard H. Kicklighter, Brenda S. Bailey
Educators, psychologists and parents have long been aware of the fact that there is sometimes little compatibility between a child’s status as a student and his competence in the social setting outside the schoolroom. Some high achieving students are only marginally competent,compared to their age mates, in carrying out expectations related to self-care, work tasks and interpersonal skills. By the same token, many failing students are failures only in the school setting. At home and in their community they are seen as reliable, self-reliant, socially knowledgeable and relatively independent (Mercer, 1974).
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