ERIC Number: ED176437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Voices from the Classroom: Teacher Concerns with New Legislation for Serving Handicapped Children. A Report on a Study of Reactions to P.L. 94-142.
Engler, Richard E., Jr.; And Others
Teacher questions and concerns regarding the implementation of Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, were examined in visits to six local education agencies (LEAs). Types of LEAs visited included an eastern township, a southwest city, a midwest city, a remote town, and an eastern metropolis. Chapters of the report focus on the problems posed by Public Law 94-142, the settings of the visited LEAs, the teachers and their concerns, typologies of concerned teachers, and lessons learned and recommendations. Among conclusions resulting from the visits and contacts with educators are the following: that priorities of teachers are weighted by their sense of professional values and practices, that information about Public Law 94-142 has spread with great unevenness, that LEAs vary greatly in their support of teams of teachers working together on educational problems at the building level, that LEAs vary in the ways they facilitate working relationships between regular and special education teachers, and that an audit process can possibly hinder and weaken resources for education of the handicapped. The following recommendations to the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped resulted from the study: (1) create a forum for building knowledge and sharing experiences, (2) create a teachers review body at the LEA level, (3) create regional assistance teams, (4) develop and disseminate guidelines on documentation and IEP (Individualized Education Program), and (5) create policy review offices at the national level for developing and disseminating policy positions. An appendix describes the evolution of study methodology. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Littlejohn (Roy) Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act