ERIC Number: ED329093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
Personal and Professional Change Associated with the Integration of Children with Down Syndrome into the Public Schools.
West, Russell F.; Cummins, Pete
The purpose of this study was to describe the personal and professional changes that occurred when three young children with Down Syndrome were mainstreamed into "regular" kindergarten classes in Northeast Tennessee. During the 1989-1990 school year, data were collected using participant observation and in-depth interviews with parents, teachers, and principals in three schools. Data were collapsed into four general categories of results, focusing on changes in personal and professional confidence, changes in teaching approaches and strategies, changes in perspectives on integration, and changes in personal beliefs and attitudes. Results indicated that all adults involved in the mainstreaming process viewed the experience positively. All parties gained a great deal of confidence both in themselves and in each other. All those concerned developed a respect for the potential that children with Down Syndrome bring to the regular classroom. (20 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Conference (New Orleans, LA, November 14, 1990).