ERIC Number: ED116278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
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Designing and Implementing a Mainstream Course for Regular Early Educators.
Wolf, Judith M.
The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Department of Education joined forces to design and implement a course to prepare regular educators to work with handicapped children. The purposes of the course were to present a rationale and philosophy for integrating special needs children into mainstream settings and to offer a variety of intervention strategies to accomplish mainstreaming in the classroom. The course content was selected by a modified goal analysis method. The following areas were designated as important and served as the content units in the course: normal child development, issues in integrating handicapped children into mainstream settings, parent involvement and training, attitudes and myths concerning handicapped children, identification and assessment techniques, behavior management, and programming skills with handicapped children. Students were exposed to a variety of teaching methods in the 10 sessions that made up the two-week course. The students evaluated each session and made recommendations. In the future, students could be clustered by background and need, topics could be organized into more palatable units, and course continuity could be assured by encouraging the instructor to play a more dominating role in instruction and selection of lecturers. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota