ERIC Number: ED279145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
The Professional Odyssey of Dr. Kairo Aorist: A Case Study of Teacher Preparation in Special Education.
Cegelka, Patricia Thomas
The paper is written in the form of three vignettes of a hypothetical special education teacher educator in the years 1975-76, 1985-86, and 1995-96. The intent is to trace developments in special education teacher education since the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) and to project trends for the next 10 years. Trends and issues identified for the 1975-76 period include an attitude of boundless optimism; litigation raising the national consciousness about the handicapped; an increasing demand for new teachers; course development in such areas as the severely handicapped and career education; and a large infusion of federal grant money for such innovations as competency based teacher education. Among current trends and issues illustrated in the vignette for 1985-86 are concern over appropriate identification measures for mildly handicapped students; mainstreaming; efforts by the federal government to extricate itself from the education of the handicapped; the demise of the Dean's Grants as a source of funding for preservice preparation of regular educators; a decreasing sense of mission; greater attention to direct instructional approaches rather than process remediation approaches; and increased emphasis on technology. Possible future scenarios for 1995-96 are discussed in terms of: the nature of schooling, teacher roles, personnel preparation, specialist credentialing, and program accreditation. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: In: The Future of Special Education: Proceedings of the Council for Exceptional Children Symposium (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, May 1986); see ED 276 245.