ERIC Number: ED204907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Providing Professional Development for Special Needs Personnel: A General Systems Approach.
Bowen, Ella M.; Bell, Sherry M.
The authors describe the Special Needs In-Service Project to develop workshops to enhance the vocational and career options of special needs learners. Seven training areas are listed: program development and management skills; prevocational and vocational education materials for special needs training personnel, counselors, and paraprofessionals; development of an interagency agreement between vocational, special education, and vocational rehabilitation programs; training of personnel in implementing revised service delivery systems and fiscal support mechanism; strategies and techniques involving special needs students in vocational student organizations; and issues of sex bias, sex stereotyping, and sex discrimination in vocational programs. The project is reviewed in terms of an overview, preliminary analysis, role of the intervener, assessment of the intervention, recommendations and summary, and dissemination. Listed among recommendations are establishment of local committees to be actively involved with the workshop staff during the planning process, provision of opportunities for the instructional alternatives, and formulation of a systematic code for each participant and for identifying the minisession and overall evaluation forms in order to improve data usage. Statistics and forms relating to professional training activities are included. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Black Child (New Orleans, LA, February, 1981, Session T-15).