ERIC Number: ED194516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Toward Preparation Programs Responsive to the Educational Needs of Handicapped Children. The Final Report of the Dean's Grant Project on Mainstreaming, 1978-80.
Ruch, Charles P.; Chester, Candace W.
This report documents the collaborative efforts of faculty and students in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University to revise the regular program for elementary teachers so that teachers will be adequately prepared to meet the demands of mainstreaming. This two-year effort focused on developing skills in providing relevant instruction for exceptional children in regular classrooms. The project was organized into two components. First, a small teams/big team design focused on changes for the elementary program. Second, support activities were organized to extend project efforts beyond the elementary program and generate new teacher education materials. The organizing structure featured a series of small mainstreaming development teams. Each team was comprised of a faculty member from special education, two from general education, and a graduate assistant. Each team was responsible for the design, development, and field evaluation of a series of learning activities to be incorporated directly into the present preservice elementary teacher education program. These teams, together with other key personnel, combined to form an overall project team for curriculum planning and development. The teaming arrangement provided a useful mechanism for general and special education faculty to learn from each other. A significant number of instructional materials were developed and are in use in elementary education courses. (JD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Elementary Education, Exceptional Persons, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Mainstreaming, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Responsibility, Teacher Education, Teamwork
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond.