ERIC Number: ED268769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Research and Evaluation of PX Professional Exchange Program, 1981-1985.
Barkin, Thelma M.
The report presents the history and accomplishments of a mainstreaming program involving an exchange of professional skills among a special education teacher and four regular education teachers of high school English classes in Milford, Massachusetts. Based on results of a teacher survey, a team-teaching program was devised which stressed a diagnostic-prescriptive approach in the regular classroom. Five goals are reviewed: (1) to provide the classroom teacher with assistance for successful program implementation with special needs and low functioning regular education students; (2) to develop accommodations in the regular classroom and the resource room for mainstreamed special students; (3) to develop a classroom survival skills curriculum; (4) to develop a diagnostic approach to secondary language arts programing; and (5) to create a model language arts program. Each of the four participating classes is described. Six questions from student and parent questionnaries are analyzed in depth, regarding employment of reading and writing, homework, and the value of the student's present English class in improving written language skills. Program evaluation results revealed that the greatest gains on writing skills tests were made by students in the mainstream team teaching program for more than 1 year. Recommendations are offered for parent involvement and the inclusion of a developmental reading component in academic content areas. Appendixes include excerpts from the Resource Room Support Service Program and from study guides, program packets, book report forms, and questionnaires. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: A formal paper based on this document was presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (64th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 4, 1986).