ERIC Number: ED254970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-28
Reference Count: N/A
Multidisciplinary Training for Educators of Young (3-7) Severely Handicapped Children. Project CoNECT (Collaborative Network for Early Childhood Training). Final Report, October, 1981-September, 1984.
Wertlieb, Donald; Place, Patricia
Project CoNECT (Collaborative Network for Early Childhood Training) provided preservice and inservice training to help multidisciplinary personnel better serve young, severely handicapped children. The project, which was divided into three subcomponents, utilized univerisity-based training as well as field-based training. In Subcomponent I, personnel new to the field of education of young, handicapped children were enrolled in an eight-course sequence with a two-credit practicum for student teaching with preferential placement in the collaboratives. Successful completion of the program resulted in the Master of Education degree and the Massachusetts teaching certificate, "Teacher of Young (3-7 years) Children with Special Needs." Twenty teachers were trained under the full or partial auspices of Project CoNECT. For Subcomponent II, liaisons with four educational collaboratives provided ongoing, professional and paraprofessional, multidisciplinary consultation addressing educational programming and staff training needs. Among training competencies addressed were: assessment and remediation in a developmental framework; curricular modifications for young, severely handicapped children; classroom and behavior management strategies; and consultation and communication skills for collegial and parent-staff teamwork. In Subcomponent III, a summer institute, "Medical and Rehabilitative Aspects of Childhood Disorders," was held. Serving to update the multidisciplinary professional and paraprofessional staff of the collaboratives in this project and the program's Master's degree candidates, the Institute addressed current efforts in diagnosis, medical treatment, and rehabilitation techniques with severely and multiply handicapped children. The management by objectives approach guided the implementation and evaluation activities of Project CoNECT. The summary evaluation, based upon the analysis of process and product data, demonstrated the Project's effectiveness. Additional findings led to recommendations to provide for consultation to administrators and provide processes by which valuable information can be exchanged efficiently among collaboratives. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.