ERIC Number: ED241203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Technologies as Rural Special Education Problem Solvers--A Status Report and Successful Strategies.
Rural schools can help solve their special education problems by using advanced technology to provide instructional support (computer managed instruction, satellite television, library searches, resource networks, on-line testing), instructional applications (computer assisted instruction, reading machines, mobile vans, instructional television), management tools (record keeping, special education networks, staff retention), and staff development (satellite inservice programs, videodiscs of strategies). However, implementing technologies in rural environments involves problems because of the state of the art of advanced technology (lagging software development, equipment incompatibilities, computer system constraints), fiscal inadequacies, staff development needs, and adverse rural attitudes. Rural school systems seeking to initiate the use of new technologies should seek external financial aid, consider local rural culture and norms, create community understanding and support, involve teachers in planning processes, build staff skills to implement technologies in unique rural special education situations, and design ways to ensure student participation. Eleven successful models of using technology to solve rural service delivery problems include obtaining information about service delivery and prescriptive programming and services; organizing and providing instructional programming information; parent training; community involvement; curriculum development; saving staff costs; improving communication between service providers and administrators; and serving homebound gifted, remotely located students in their own communities. (SB)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Electronic Equipment, Gifted, Homebound, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Development, Networks, Parent Participation, Rural Environment, Rural Schools, Special Education, Staff Development
National Rural Project (NRP), Murray State University, Doran House, 1603 Hamilton Ave., Murray, KY 42071 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Murray State Univ., KY. Dept. of Special Education.