ERIC Number: ED232379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Personnel to Serve Learning Disabled Hispanics.
Yates, James R.
Factors that can both facilitate and restrain the preparation of teachers of learning disabled Hispanics, and areas that should be included in such preparation are identified. Twelve similarities between bilingual education and special education are identified, including the following: specialized populations, specially defined instructional procedures and materials, specially identified and trained teachers and staff, and special financial resources and budgets. Constraints to the preparation of bilingual special educators are as follows: a history of difficulties in the integration of complementary disciplines, problems of power and territoriality, a trend toward reduction in the number of areas of preparation programs, constraint of teacher preparation time, and insufficient numbers of personnel for recruitment. Among the eight facilitating forces are the following: commonalities of experiences and backgrounds; legislated, litigated mandates to serve the unique populations; significant resources available; and developing awareness of unserved groups of students on the part of professionals. The following specialized content areas for the preparation of bilingual special educators are also briefly discussed: language skills, linguistics, social foundations, cultural foundations, educational foundations, human development and learning, psychopersonal domains, interpersonal relations, educational programming, developing and adapting curriculum, evaluating and selecting learning materials, producing learning materials, school-commmunity relationships, and assessment. A conceptual model for teacher training in this field is also addressed. (SEW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (61st, Detroit, MI, April 4-8, 1983).