ERIC Number: ED218743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Aiming at Excellence: A Comparison of the School Effectiveness Literature and Special Education Practice.
Dunlap, Diane M.; And Others
OSSC Bulletin, v25 n10 Jun 1982
In attempting to document similarities between effective school practices and the provisions of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142), this report reviews the literature on school effectiveness and relates specific recommendations for classroom and schoolwide practices to those services now mandated for special education students. The authors find that the emphasis in effective schools on academic content, a tightly coupled curriculum, and teacher-directed, individualized, and carefully monitored instruction is echoed in the requirements for individualized education programs in special education. On a schoolwide basis, common goals, high standards, clear rules of conduct, and an emphasis on basic skills are also reflected in the underlying philosophy of P.L. 94-142. The authors conclude that procedural and technical problems accompanying passage of the law have resulted in a general confusion of good content with bad implementation. A checklist for effective teaching behaviors is appended. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Special Education
Oregon School Study Council, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($4.00; $3.00 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act