ERIC Number: ED175172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Damming the Mainstream: Barriers to the Implementation of an Innovation.
OSSC Bulletin, v22 n8 p1-15 Apr 1979
The author analyzes mainstreaming (as mandated by P.L. 94-142--the Education for All Handicapped Children Act) from an organizational perspective and maintains that resistance to the demands of mainstreaming is both natural and predictable. Mainstreaming terms are defined, an historical perspective is offered, and hypothetical case studies of handicapped children are given to illustrate representative school programs in three different time periods. Finally, a mainstreaming model is offered which looks at five factors that serve as facilitators and prohibitors of change: relative advantage, compatability, complexity, trialability, and observability. Ways to overcome barriers to mainstreaming (such as build a reward system) are also considered. (SBH)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Conceptual Schemes, Elementary Secondary Education, Handicapped Children, Mainstreaming, Models, School Organization
Oregon School Study Council, 124 College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403 ($2.00; $1.50 prepaid; 10% discount for 10 or more copies)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.