ERIC Number: ED279147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Special Education in the Year 2000 and Beyond: A Proposed Action Agenda for Addressing Selected Ideas.
Semmel, Melvyn I.
The paper addresses issues concerning the future of special education with a focus on the mildly handicapped (MH). After an initial section presenting the particular frame of reference and philosophical biases underlying this presentation, recommendations are made for a possible agenda which addresses seven key areas in the field. Among recommendations concerned with the overidentification of MH students are acceptance by the field that MH cannot be objectively validated and the need to educate policy makers to an ecological orientation to child variance. Agenda items concerning the dropout problem in special education include avoidance of "pushing out" MH students in response to pressures for academic excellence and development of outreach programs to provide a "second chance" for dropouts in the community. Improvements in the area of curriculum and transitions in special education include a broadening of the concept of transition. Among agenda items related to least restrictive environments are implementation of the accruing body of effective schools research; and among recommendations for special education teacher training are more generic training of specialization personnel. Such needs as better instructional programming and training in computer literacy are noted for the technology area. A major recommendation for the final area (theory, research and leadership training) is cross validation of instructional research results from the general education sector.(DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Future of Special Education: Proceedings of the Council for Exceptional Children Symposium (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, May 1986); see ED 276 245.