ERIC Number: ED226550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a New Mainstream: An Early Childhood Training Manual for an "Inclusionary" Curriculum.
The manual presents background and application information on providing an "inclusionary" approach to the education of young children. "Inclusionary" was expanded from nonsexist, multicultural perspectives to that of persons with disabilities. Project REED (Resources on Educational Equity for the Disabled) developed and field-tested classroom materials designed to incorporate images of disabled people and people of both sexes and many cultures in nontraditional roles. Workshop formats emphasized awareness training. Nine papers present perspectives of teachers (e.g. "The Teacher as Researcher: Elementary Biases from Classroom Materials" by N. Gropper), parents (e.g. "A Parent's View of Mainstreaming" by S. Vuolo) and a disabled rights activist ("Disabled Women: The Case of the Missing Role Model" by K. Corbett). Project REED workshops are discussed in the latter part of the guide. Warm-up activities are presented (including an activity focusing on notable women with disabilities. Workshop awareness tasks emphasize three topics: equitable early childhood classroom materials, inclusionary curricula, and inclusionary home environment. Appended material includes a list of recommended toys and books. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Women's Action Alliance, Inc., New York, NY.