ERIC Number: ED221296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Immersion Learning Project: Final Report. Inservice Training Models for Preschool Programs, for Handicapped and At-Risk Children.
Buescher, Thomas M.
As described in this final report, the Immersion Learning Project at Wayne State University investigated the advantages of two alternative approaches to providing long term inservice training in special education to those in urban preschool programs working with high-risk and/or handicapped young children. During the first year of program operation, training sessions held at a central location of the university were conducted by a variety of outside consultants hired to deal with preschool- and elementary-level teachers but not directly with any day care providers. In its second year of operation, the process was altered in two ways. First, one full-time consultant was actually assigned to each participating day-care center. Second, consultants were given a greater degree of flexibility in fashioning inservice activities to suit specific needs of each site, rather than the composite needs of all the programs. A variety of instruments, measures, and observations were utilized during the project's 2 years of operation to ascertain the effectiveness of the two approaches in increasing the knowledge and expertise of teachers and paraprofessionals. A detailed description of these measures, as well as a summary of activities conducted and effects noted in participant preschool programs during each of the 2 years of operation are included. The report provides recommendations for future implementation of the two inservice delivery systems and a final accounting of project expenses. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Coll. of Education.