ERIC Number: ED043598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Cooperative Instructional Services Program for Improving Educational Personnel to Teach Special Education Students in the Regular Classroom. Director's Final Report.
Farrer, Kenneth; Guest, Elizabeth
In its first year, this program trained 18 experienced teachers and 36 teacher aides. The program was devised to meet the needs of teachers in areas where handicapped and educationally disadvantaged children are placed in regular classrooms. It was also intended to train adults from disadvantaged groups as teacher aides, thus making use of their special ability to relate to disadvantaged children. The training program involved seminars on the intellectual and emotional development of children, methods of observing and recording behavior, methods of interpreting observation records for evaluation and curriculum planning, use of educational media, and team teaching and planning. An equally important part of the program was practical experience as a member of a team in the laboratory school. Extensive evaluation of the program indicated that participants improved their knowledge of and attitudes toward special education, and their students made significant gains in achievement. Other important evaluation findings were that special students can be educated in regular classrooms if a ratio of 1 to 5 is not exceeded and if enthusiatic and dedicated educational personnel are utilized. (An appendix contains some of the evaluation instruments used, data tables, and lists of staff and participants.) (RT)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Coll. of Education.