ERIC Number: ED394772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Special Educators To Work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners: A Rural Case Study.
Mayhew, Jack; And Others
Responding to a shortage of special education teachers with multicultural training, the University of Utah designed a series of American Indian specialization courses for teachers, leading to a master's degree in professional practice. Essential course components include cultural awareness, nonbiased assessment, specialized curriculum and instructional practices, and development of transition and collaboration strategies to benefit Native American youth with disabilities. The opportunity to take classes via distance delivery and come on campus for summer classes is a major incentive for participation. The University of Utah has been delivering special education coursework to individuals living in rural areas since 1981 and currently uses videotape recordings of an on-campus class plus a facilitator who manages the class at the distance site. Utah's San Juan School District has continually had a shortage of certified special educators. A collaborative assessment led to the decision to recruit teachers from within the district, create a second delivery site in the district, and provide training and support on-site. Telecommunications provides improved communication through E-mail, and the Internet enables greater access to on-campus faculty, databases, and other students. Improvements at a case study school in San Juan District include a reduction of inappropriate classifications, implementation of an inclusionary approach, and implementation of collaboration practices. Includes a special education teacher's reflections on the first year of teaching at an elementary school on the Navajo Nation. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Americans; Utah
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.