ERIC Number: ED281903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Current Issues and Future Directions in Special Education.
Jordan, June B.; Erickson, Donald K.
There are many unresolved issues in the education of exceptional children and youth. This report addresses four topics of current interest and concern: (1) Gifted education -- the gifted and talented are currently underserved and underachieving, in part because federal support is not available. Problem areas in this context include: defining the gifted, extending special programming to the gifted, and selecting appropriate learning programs. (2) The relationship between regular and special education -- this must be restructured to achieve shared responsibilities between general and special practitioners and more effective use of the resource room and consultant models. (3) Secondary special education and the transition from school to work -- issues, needs, and work remaining to be done in both these areas are discussed, and future directions and challenges are listed. (4) Early childhood, birth to three -- programs for young handicapped children have experienced a rapid increase, with an emerging focus on the at-risk infant. The following issues are covered: school involvement, work with families, personnel, and research directions. A reference list covering all four issues is appended. (PS)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academically Gifted, Early Childhood Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Exceptional Persons, High Risk Persons, Individualized Instruction, Infants, Resource Room Programs, Special Education, Transitional Programs, Underachievement
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA. Council for Exceptional Children.
Note: In: Trends and Issues in Education, 1986 (see UD 025 435).