ERIC Number: ED198128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Project to Provide Regular Education Preservice to Facilitate Education of the Handicapped in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Thompson, Ray H.
A project designed to insure that all teachers who receive their undergraduate training at the University of South Dakota are prepared to deal with handicapped children is described. It was realized at the inception of the project that the following major obstacles would have to be faced: (1) a resistance to change on the part of the faculty; (2) a lack of commitment from those in charge of the training of regular educators; and (3) negative attitudes toward special students and special education in general. To overcome these obstacles, an intensive program for training key faculty was developed and initial designs for curriculum revision were drawn up. The reorganization of special, elementary, and secondary education areas into one division was a priority in overcoming the gap between special education and regular education. A discussion is presented of future plans and strategies that will be implemented to overcome faculty resistance to the changes in preservice education that are implicit in successfully fulfilling the mandate for mainstreaming. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Dean's Grant Conference (Kansas City, MO, December 11-12, 1980).