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PROCEDURES OF PLACING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMES IN SLOVENIA Print E-mail

Erna Žgur

Abstract
The aim of this research was to establish whether the implementation of early intervention legislation is uniform throughout the national territory. The research included all pre-school children (1121) between 2008 and 2012, placed either in the programme with the adapted curriculum and additional professional support (regular classes) or the adapted programme for pre-school children in special class units. We tried to determine whether the gender proportion is equally distributed across the national territory and if there is a significant difference according to the two pre-school programmes. For this purpose we used a Z-test with a 5% risk in hypothesis testing. It determined that the gender proportion is similar in all regional units; structural difference thus does not result statistically significant (Z = 0,26 for males and 0,02 for females); critical value for the appropriate number of degrees of freedom is Z0,05(1000) = 1,96. The proportion of children placed in regular classes and special class units, however, results statistically significant; Z = 2,96 with Z0,05(1000) = 1,96. Similarly, the difference in the gender proportion in the entire sample results statistically significant; Z = 15,11 with Z0,05(1000) = 1,96 (the proportion of males is higher than those of females). In both programmes the representation of children by gender results more or less even across the national territory (two-thirds of males and one-third of females). With the results obtained, the research confirmed that the procedures of implementing early intervention legislation are uniform throughout the Slovene national territory.

Keywords: adapted curriculum, adapted programme placement.

Erna Žgur, PhD is an associate professor at the Universty of Ljubljana (Faculty of Education) and is a director of the Centre for Education, Rehabilitation and Training, Vipava. Contact address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cite this article: Žgur Erna. PROCEDURES OF PLACING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMES IN SLOVENIA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.7, no.2:113-120, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2014-no2-art07

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2014-no2-art07

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