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ERIC Number: ED236889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Rural Special Education.
Helge, Doris, Ed.
Exceptional Children, v50 n4 Jan 1984
This special issue of the journal Exceptional Children has the theme "Rural Special Education." Nine articles deal with this theme as follows: (1) "The State of the Art of Rural Special Education" (by D. Helge), looks at recent improvements, remaining challenges, and current functioning; policy recommendations are offered for national and state policy makers; (2) "Generic Problems or Solutions in Rural Special Education" (by L. Marrs) suggests that though certain problems are universal in rural areas there is no agreement regarding generalizable solutions which will work in all rural areas; (3) "Regional Rural Special Education Programs--A Case Study of Problems, Practices, and Positive Steps," (by K. Kirmer et al), uses the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education as an example of how central beliefs, early structuring decisions, and operating procedures have aided in dealing with the rural regional special education delivery problems; (4) "Models for Serving Rural Children with Low-Incidence Handicapping Conditions" (by D. Helge) stresses that there is no single appropriate rural service delivery model and delineates factors that must be considered by the rural service delivery model planner; (5) "Providing for Rural Gifted Children within an Assortment of Services Model" (by G. Gear) notes the problems of programming for gifted students when numbers are low and stresses the need for staff to innovate and use existing community resources; (6) "A Band Wagon without Music--Preparing Rural Special Educators" (by L. Marrs) notes the irrelevance of many traditional special educator preparation programs and identifies competencies and curriculum elements which should be in preservice programs; (7) "Technological Tools for Rural Special Education" (by A. Hofmeister) notes the potential of the new technologies if rural educators prepare themselves to capitalize on the advantages and avoid the problems they offer; (8) "Technologies in Rural Special Education Problem Solvers--A Status Report and Successful Strategies" (by D. Helge) discusses applications for instructional support, direct instruction, management, and staff development. The final paper; (9) "Should a Special Educator Entertain Volunteers--Interdependence in Rural America" (L. Marrs) describes the National Rural Independent Living Network and suggests strategies for designing a volunteer program, for recruiting and training volunteers, and for linking volunteers with disabled persons. (DB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Program Development, Regional Planning, Rural Education, Special Education, Teacher Education, Volunteers
The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($5.00 single copy).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.