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ERIC Number: ED330162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Regular Education Initiative in the Anchorage Public Schools.
Kennedy, Sylvia
The study examined the number of Anchorage (Alaska) public schools that are using the Regular Education Initiative (REI) concept in their special education programs and the attitudes of building principals concerning both REI and collaborative consultation. Surveys mailed to 65 principals yielded a return of 30 questionnaires (6 secondary and 24 elementary). Introductory sections examine the origins of the REI and the meanings of REI and collaborative consultation. A review of related literature addresses reasons for REI enactment. Noted in the review are possible difficulties in implementing the program, including new roles for educators and educator discomfort with the consultation process. Analysis of questionnaire results found that two-thirds of principals claimed familiarity with REI, 76.6% already had special education students being taught in the regular classroom, and 50% claimed familiarity with collaborative consultation. Most of the principals agreed that: special education students can be educated in a regular classroom; regular education teachers can be responsible for special education students; the least restrictive environment can be a self-contained classroom; labeling diminishes self-worth; and there is too much duplication of services between Chapter I, special education, bilingual, and migrant services. Contains 17 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anchorage School District AK