ERIC Number: ED257254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
Modifications, Support and Mainstreaming: Excellence in Mainstreaming Practices and Evaluation.
Ferrara, Steven F.
The paper makes two premises: (1) excellence in mainstreaming requires modifications to regular classroom instructional activities, materials, and assessment, and support and assistance for the teachers making these modifications; (2) one criterion to judge the excellence of evaluation of mainstreaming programs is the degree to which an evaluation examines what modifications and support are occurring in mainstream classes. The paper begins with a review of evidence supporting the efficacy of modifying instruction to accommodate handicapped learners in regular classes, and explains why modifications and support are not implemented in a large number of classrooms. An overview follows of the types of evaluations of mainstreaming efforts conducted in the last 10 or so years. Four studies are then described in detail; these four evaluations attempt to focus on effective mainstreaming practices, including modifications and support. Five sets of guidelines are provided to assist evaluators in identifying effective modification and support practices and in focusing on implementation of these practices in regular classrooms. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Evaluation Research Society (San Francisco, CA, October 10-13, 1984).