ERIC Number: ED243851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
Communication between Special and Regular Educators.
Panko, Jessie Symington; And Others
A study examined communication between special educators and the regular classroom teachers to whom they mainstream students. Respondents to a survey questionnaire included 34 special education teachers employed by a special education cooperative, 25 special educators employed by individual school districts, and 84 regular classroom teachers. The extent of communication which took place in four areas was examined: (1) communication and consultation; (2) demonstration of materials, techniques, and teaching methods for exceptional children; (3) development of goals and instructional objectives; and (4) provision of inservice training by special educators for regular classroom teachers. Responses to the questionnaires indicated: (1) Special educators employed by the school districts were more actively sharing material with regular educators on a more regular basis than those employed by the cooperative, but regular teachers' perceptions of sharing were at a much lower level; (2) District special educators reported being more involved than cooperative educators in discussions of techniques and teaching methods, but once again, regular classroom teachers reported less involvement with all special educators; (3) Regular classroom teachers reported less attendance to objective-setting meetings than did the special educators; and (4) The majority of both regular classroom educators and special educators responded negatively concerning the presentation of formal inservice training. (JD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Mainstreaming, Peer Counseling, Peer Relationship, Secondary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (64th, New Orleans, LA, January 28-February 1, 1984).