ERIC Number: ED332277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Classroom Alternative Process: School Change Policy into Practice.
Rallis, Sharon F.
A program, in Rhode Island, to reduce student referrals to special education programs is evaluated in this study together with its impact on classroom teacher policy. The Classroom Alternative Process (CAP) addresses strategies for regular education teachers to remediate students' problems prior to, or instead of, referral to special education. Data were collected from longitudinal student data, case records, interviews with Classroom Alternative Support Team leaders and principals, participant questionnaires, and a longitudinal attitude survey of pilot schools. The findings indicate that the program contributed to an overall change in teachers' problem-solving practices as well as to a reduction in student referrals. Factors for program success are teacher specificity, adaptability, recognition of cognitive and organizational structures, and provision for actual change. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Diagnosis, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Learning Strategies, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Resource Units, State Programs, Student Placement, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rhode Island
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).