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Volume 10, Issue 1 (1981)

Professional Pulse

pp. 107—99

“The influence of diagnostic labeling on special education placement decisions” is are search study by Stephen Pfeiffer published in the July, 1980 issue of Psychology in the Schools,and attempts to shed light on the extent to which diagnostic labeling influences selections of special education placement. Two experimental groups of school personnel, including school psychologists, were administered different versions of the Rucker-Gable Educational Programming Scale: one version requiring selection of appropriate placement only, and the other version requiring diagnostic labeling and selection of appropriate educational placement. The two experimental groups did not differ in their selection of special education placements.Though the research did not attempt to answer the larger question of whether labeling is justifiable, the author concludes that “at least the present study reassures us that labeling does not, in itself, adversely affect special education decisions by child study team members.”

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