ERIC Number: ED349751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Opening Doors through Integration: An Early Childhood Resource Guide for Teachers of General and Exceptional Education Students.
This guide is designed to be a practical resource for educators on the integration of general education students and those students with exceptional education needs between the ages of 3 and 5 years. Chapter 1 discusses the rationale for integration and examines what research says about the effects of integration on the development of young children in school. Chapter 2 deals with curriculum theories and philosophies, describing four major views of early childhood education. Chapter 3 describes developmentally appropriate practices for children ages 3 to 5. Chapter 4 describes several models for mainstreaming and integration, emphasizing that different models will be appropriate for different situations. Chapter 5 describes instructional strategies that are effective in integrated settings. Chapter 6 focuses on environmental considerations and includes sample floor plans. Chapter 7 provides general information about various types of special needs and includes descriptions of themes and ways to approach these themes for specific groups of children. Chapter 8 discusses parent involvement in the education of young children, viewing the community and the school as supports for the family as a whole and the child as an individual. Chapter 9 presents a model for staff development. A self-study unit then provides an opportunity to explore the topic of integration through discussion questions and activities. Appendices present: (1) activities that promote awareness of disabilities; (2) program administration materials; (3) an annotated bibliography of children's literature on disabilities; and (4) lists of local and state agencies in Wisconsin, national toll-free telephone numbers, national clearinghouses and organizations, publications for teachers and parents on specific disabilities, resources for implementing a quality early childhood program, and model early education projects. (Contains approximately 50 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Curriculum, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Mainstreaming, Models, Parent Participation, Resources, Staff Development, Student Characteristics, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Teaching Methods, Thematic Approach
Cooperative Educational Service Agency #1, Alverno College, 3401 S. 39th St., P.O. Box 343922, Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922 ($25.00 includes shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Cooperative Educational Service Agency 1, West Allis, WI.