ERIC Number: ED327026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Personnel Preparation Options: Ideas from a Policy Options Conference.
Gallagher, James J.; And Others
This report summarizes discussions from a policy options conference devoted to the needs for personnel preparation related to the implementation of Public Law 99-457, Part H, which provides services to infants and toddlers with handicapping conditions and their families. The three policy questions identified as the most significant were: (1) what policies can be developed to extend and expand training resources and populations of trainees? (2) how do states develop standards that address all personnel, including those already in the field? and (3) who will provide inservice and preservice training? The criteria used to determine the relative merit of each of the options were cost, administrative feasibility, multidisciplinary orientation, meeting acceptable personnel standards, increasing the marketability of the positions, and increasing the numbers of staff available. The group also identified 10 major barriers to full implementation of personnel development strategies, including lack of Part H staff, internal system barriers and resistance to change, and lack of evidence of effectiveness of inservice training. Recommendations concerning the desired federal role were also made, including targeting resources at key areas of need such as postdoctoral leadership training, giving priority to inservice training, and establishing a national job bank. Includes 12 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Administration, Costs, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Infants, Inservice Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Professional Education, State Standards, Teacher Education, Toddlers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers: Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986