ERIC Number: ED210845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Education and Related Services for Young Children with Special Needs in Rural America.
Kibler, Robert G.; And Others
The three papers examine rural early education and related services for young children with handicaps. The first paper is entitled "A University Based Inservice Training Model for Personnel Serving Handicapped Preschoolers" by S. Stile and T. Pettibone and reports evaluation results of a New Mexico project serving 14 teachers with a 5 week summer training program. Results indicated that six of the eight objectives had been reached or surpassed. Seven steps of program development from establishment of traineeships through development of coursework and evaluation are also identified. Among appendixes are a competency list and an excerpt from the course syllabus. The second paper, by J. Tucker and M. Riley, is titled "Delivering Services to Handicapped Children in Rural Areas--Issues and Answers." The paper describes a rural home based program, Project Family Link, which stresses home based teaching, family involvement, and service linkage. Also considered are "rural realities" in the following areas: reaching families, type of program, staff, parental involvement, support services, and funding. The third paper, "Rural Early Intervention Services--Issues in Implementation and Evaluation" by B. Mallory, reports on a field study of two rural center based programs for young handicapped children. The author proposes hypotheses about service delivery and resource allocation concerned with social distribution of program information necessary for decision making; locus of control and community integration; local response to externally generated policies; identification of eligible population; service delivery systems; local resource allocation; and integration with social service networks. He concludes that centrally controlled implementation is not successful in assuring the replication of a specific program model aimed at a narrowly defined population living in a rural community. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project Family Link
Note: Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (New York, NY, April 14, 1981). Print is poor in parts.