ERIC Number: ED212717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Division of Personnel Intensive Teacher Training Program.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
The Intensive Teacher Training Program (ITT) was established in response to the critical shortage of special education teachers resulting from the Lora Decree (Education for All Handicapped Children's Act: PL 94-142). Students from ten New York City area colleges were selected to participate in a summer inservice training program. The effectiveness of the program was determined according to the following criteria: (1) the program's success in developing competent teachers; (2) the development of a profile of students; (3) the screening procedures and admission criteria used by colleges; and (4) the quality of college level instruction. The primary data sources of the evaluation included a survey of participating college administrators, a randomly selected survey of supervisors and teachers, and a survey mailed to 600 participating teachers as well as anecdotal records of informal interviews with teacher and administrative personnel. Results of the evaluation indicated inadequacies in the screening and training of participating college students as well as a lack of centralized record keeping, monitoring, and ongoing communication with college administrators. Moreover, it was reported that students did not fulfill their commitment to teach in return for free training and credits. The assignment of the least experienced teachers to the most difficult students without sufficient support, materials, or back-up was cited as a major flaw of the program. (JCD)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College School Cooperation, College Students, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interschool Communication, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Student Responsibility
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of School Libraries.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
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