ERIC Number: ED243265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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A Study of the Impact of an Inservice Program on the Concerns and Needs of Secondary Teachers toward Mainstreaming.
Hendricks, Irene; Sloan, Charles A.
To investigate the impact of an inservice program on the concerns and needs of secondary teachers toward mainstreaming, questionnaires were administered to 127 experimental and 127 control teachers. Treatment consisted of an inservice program on mainstreaming conducted by an in-house consultant. The pre- and post-treatment questionnaires included information on demographics, mainstreaming needs, and teacher and administrator concerns toward innovation. Results revealed that the inservice program had little or no impact on the teachers' concerns or needs regarding mainstreaming. Findings supported previous research that has indicated teachers' negative attitudes toward mainstreaming and it was concluded that a more prolonged approach to familiarizing teachers with various disability groups may be needed. Implications touched upon the importance of considering the administrative, organizational, and individual needs of teachers and the advisability of returning funding and control of special education to the local schools. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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