ERIC Number: ED249206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Variables in Exceptionality. The Meaning of Exceptionality and the Nature and Scope of Special Education.
Birch, Jack W.
This module (part of a series of 24 modules) is on the background and scope of special education. The genesis of these materials is in the 10 "clusters of capabilities," outlined in the paper, "A Common Body of Practice for Teachers: The Challenge of Public Law 94-142 to Teacher Education." These clusters form the proposed core of professional knowledge needed by teachers in the future. The module is to be used by teacher educators to reexamine and enhance their current practice in preparing classroom teachers to work competently and comfortably with children who have a wide range of individual needs. The module includes objectives, scales for assessing the degree to which the identified knowledge and practices are prevalent in an existing teacher education program, and self-assessment test items. Topics discussed in this module include exceptionality and special education, background and current status of special education, integration and labeling, the meaning of mainstreaming, perspectives on "handicap" and the teacher's role, and specific exceptional conditions. Bibliographic references and journal articles are included on avoidance of stereotyping in literature and effective mainstreaming in the schools. (JD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. National Support Systems Project.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act