ERIC Number: ED220261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
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Competencies and Needs of Rural Special Educators.
Blasi, Joyce F.
Rural special educators play a very complex role in the provision of services to exceptional learners. Population sparsity and distance factors more or less mandate that most rural special education programs must be cross-categorical, multi-age programs. These same factors, and the fact that support specialists in related areas are nonexistent or available on an extremely limited basis, accent the need for rural special educators to have competencies in: general information; knowledge of legislative and legal ramifications; assessment; instructional and monitoring processes; communicating with parents; communicating with other professionals; coordination, collaboration, and consultation; and planning for personal and professional renewal. Competencies applied in rural settings take on different meanings than when applied in urban areas. Further, competency specifications have direct implications for both preservice and inservice efforts. The need for strong rural special education services can no longer be denied; excellent special educators play a major and critical role in the delivery of services to the exceptional learner. Hopefully, excellent special educators prepared to serve in rural areas can help to lessen the double disadvantage experienced by rural exceptional individuals and provide the impetus for more concentrated efforts for rural schools. (Author/BRR)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Competence, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Instructional Development, Professional Education, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Responsibility
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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