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ERIC Number: ED125232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Operation Mainstream (Training Teachers to Teach Handicapped Students). A Practicum.
Described as part of a doctoral practicum are a summer staff development program, inservice activities, and the resource/consultation teacher approach to enable the mainstreaming of educable mentally handicapped, emotionally/socially maladjusted, and learning disabled children. After an introduction, research is reviewed on special education placement, alternative programs, individualization of instruction, training regular teachers to teach handicapped children, and training noncategorical special education teachers. Aspects of executing the practicum such as assessing needs, planning the workshops, and training the teachers are discussed. It is reported that responses of participating teachers and parents of children in the program are reported to have been highly positive and that most of the practicum objectives were met. Reasons for the practicum's success are given as including staff development, the diversity of supplementary learning materials made available, and intra-staff communication. Among recommendations are that additional research is needed on teacher inservice training as related to mainstreaming and individualized instructional and teaching style. Appendixes include a needs assessment checklist, a procedural timetable, and a list of characteristics of teachers in the practicum. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Note: Practicum, Nova University