ERIC Number: ED023250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Exploratory Study to Determine the Feasibility of a Comprehensive Program for the Development of Special Education Services for Emotionally Disturbed Children in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Final Report.
Holmberg, Gerald R.
Group conferences, individual study groups, personal visitations, and communication by the principal investigator were utilized to determine the availability and suitability of services for emotionally disturbed children in the four-state area o f Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada which has a low incidence of population in vast territorial areas. The study indicated that services were minimal and that the population included a large portion of children from a culturally different background and heritage. Difficulties in travel and communication and limited financial resources were also noted. Conclusions were that a committee be formed to continue the present study for 3 years and that an action-oriented approach for recruiting and training personnel be implemented. This program should be similar to the duo-specialist project of Arizona in which teachers from rural areas are selected by local and university people as trainees and study in two or four areas of speciality (guidance, reading, special education, and library) most needed by their local system. Intern teachers, selected by the university, replace the teacher trainees. The 41 duo-specialists (trainees) trained in the first 4 years returned to 38 schools in 75% of the state and performed 72 special services not previously available, while 40 interns have been certified and placed in 10 western states. (SN)
Descriptors: Counselors, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged, Emotional Disturbances, Exceptional Child Research, Inservice Teacher Education, Librarians, Professional Education, Program Development, Reading, Regional Cooperation, Regional Planning, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Services, State Programs, Surveys, Teacher Interns
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Arizona; Nevada; New Mexico; Utah