ERIC Number: ED209010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-23
Reference Count: 0
Chinle Agency Summer Special Education Program: Evaluation and Final Report.
Twitchell, Wirt B.
Evaluation of the 5-week Chinle Agency (Bureau of Indian Affairs) Summer Special Education Program for participating elementary teachers reflected the strengths and weaknesses of the program, which served 43 eligible Navajo students and classroom teachers and teacher aides for some length of time, and presented 20 recommendations. Evaluation methodology involved on-site observations, compilation and interpretation of formal instruments, personal interviews, qualitative judgements based on formal program goals and objectives, and a sequential series of pre-test/post-test examinations designed to measure both participant growth and performance capabilities. Highlights of the program were the writing/development of an Individualized Education Program for each handicapped child, and daily in-service training and experiential projects for staff and teachers. Primary strengths of the program were consistency (ability to work with students on a regular basis), flexibility/adaptability, good communication, accessibility, opportunities for informal evaluation and feedback, development and maintenance of one-to-one student-teacher relationships, and staff commitment to the program. Identified weaknesses included initial confusion over external administrative interference, unusually large class size (12-16 students), and a need for enhanced coordination of total program functions and better early preparation/planning. Instruments used in the evaluation are appended. (CM)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Disabilities, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Residential Programs, Special Education, Special Programs, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. Div. of Exceptional Education.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.
Identifiers: Arizona (Chinle); Chinle Agency Summer Special Education Program; Navajo (Nation)