ERIC Number: ED204982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study of Technical Assistance to Demonstration Programs for Young Handicapped Children. Part I.
Behr, Shirley K.; And Others
The interim report presents an evaluation of TADS (Technical Assistance Development System) through case studies of TADS technical assistance to the staffs of two demonstration programs for preschool handicapped children and their families. Purposes of the study included obtaining indepth descriptions of the technical assistance process to increase the general level of understanding of its nature and identify important variables which influence its effectiveness. The feasibility of the case study approach also was explored as a method for gathering such information. The report contains descriptions of the context in which the study took place and the sites and persons who were involved, of the development of the conceptual framework for the study, of the technical assistance as it occurred (the two cases), and a discussion of the findings from the cases, accompanied by suggestions for future efforts. Results are organized according to four major questions: (1) What client characteristics affect technical assistance? (2) What technical assistance provider characteristics affect the technical assistance? (3) What characteristics of the technical assistance events themselves influence the assistance? and (4) What are the outcomes, effects, and/or impacts of technical assistance? Significant client characteristics included leadership style, administrative autonomy, and communication practices. Influential provider characteristics included interpersonal and coordination skills, responsiveness, and knowledge of the project's purposes and goals. Factors of the technical assistance event judged as important were structure, communication, consultant/client match, involvement, and scheduling. Outcomes and impacts of technical assistance were identified in the areas of administration, staff, overall communication, focus of program activities, and program operation. Evaluation of the case study method indicated that the method is a useful way to learn about the technical assistance process. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Technical Assistance Development System.