ERIC Number: ED231100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Role Delineation of the Program Specialist and the Resource Specialist under the California Master Plan for Special Education, July 1, 1980 to June 30, 1981.
Ballard-Campbell, Maurine; Semmel, Melvyn I.
Study results concerning the preceived functioning of program specialists and resource specialists employed in California special education programs are presented. Attention is also directed to the intended roles of the specialists as defined in law, the state master plan, and other policy documents. Questionnaire data from 97 program specialists, 1,006 resource specialists, and 257 other school personnel from 20 Special Education Services Regions (SESRs) in California were analyzed. Case study interviews were also conducted with 6 program specialists, 20 resource specialists, and 69 other school personnel and parents in six SESRs. Information was obtained on personal and role demographics and the following questions: whether perceived activities and functions of program and resource recipients are being served; whether the specialists are well prepared to perform the intended role; how the specialists' roles relate to other professional roles in the educational system; what specific organizational, personal, or role demographics variables influence perceived role functioning; whether the specialists' functioning levels are effective; what problems are impeding effective role functioning; and what changes in role and responsibility are needed to increase effectiveness. The findings and recommendations of this investigation are presented in detail, and appendices include survey forms, case studies, and information on the roles of the specialists. (Author/SEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara. Graduate School of Education.
Note: Prepared by the Special Education Research Institute, U.C. Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education.