ERIC Number: ED238207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Resource Specialists Who Received Waivers from the State Board of Education During 1981-82.
Sprague, H. Duncan
Structured interviews were conducted with 72 teachers to evaluate the policy that waived full certification requirements for resource specialists serving disabled students in California. The waiver was allowed to meet the need for resource specialists as required by the California Master Plan for Special Education. The waivers are granted on the condition that (1) resource specialists will complete the full certification requirements as soon as possible; and (2) they will be evaluated on the acceptability of their service. Sixty-one representatives of the specialist's schools were also interviewed. Four of the seven findings revealed that: only 24 percent of the elementary and 56 percent of the high school Ss had a colleague resource specialist on campus; 18 Ss had already completed certification and 34 planned to do so soon; 25 felt their experience was their strongest point; and performance ratings by colleague teachers and principals were positive. Staff development needs expressed by waivered and non-waivered resource specialists were not significantly different. Five recommendations are made, including continuation of granting waivers on the same basis; standardization of resource specialist training programs; and inclusion of instructional aide time as an integral part of the program. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A