ERIC Number: ED271898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
"I've Always Been the Kind of Teacher Who Did Things I Believed in Whether Other People Did Them or Not": An Integrated Kindergarten.
This case study depicting mainstreaming efforts describes an integrated kindergarten program. The teacher's enjoyment of the class is commented upon, and descriptions of the physical characteristics of the classroom, the school, and the kindergarten students are offered. Reactions of parents of nonhandicapped children are discussed as well as reactions of the handicapped students' parents. The principal's role and views on the importance of firmness are noted, as are attitudes and functions of the classroom aide and special volunteer. The program is also viewed in terms of its working relationships with community agencies and its leadership under the district's director of special education. Among the teacher characteristics which facilitated mainstreaming were the teacher's typical expectations for handicapped children, the teacher's ways of preparing the class and speaking with them about disabilities, the belief that children solve problems for themselves, the ability to create situations where typical and special children can interact, and analytical thinking about the children and teaching. Brief descriptions of classroom activities and interactions are interspersed throughout the case study. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: In: In the Mainstream: Case Studies of Integrated Education for Children with Disabilities, see EC 171 309.