ERIC Number: ED290287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-24
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Mainstreaming: A Re-definition and Proposed Model.
Striefel, Sebastian; And Others
The paper is a product of the 3-year project, "Functional Mainstreaming for Success," designed to develop a model for instructional mainstreaming of handicapped children (3-6 years old) in community settings. The paper reviews the literature defining "mainstreaming," notes that mainstreaming is not the wholesale return of exceptional students from special education to regular classes, and proposes a definitional model. Seven characteristics of successful mainstreaming include provision of a continuum of least restrictive placement options; maximization of appropriate interactions between children with and without handicaps through structured activities and social skills training; and provision of functional, age appropriate activities. The proposed model emphasizes the need for pre-placement preparation of students, parents, regular and special education teachers, administrators, and support personnel; use of instructional activities that require student-student interaction; and use of buddy systems, peer tutoring, and cooperative activities. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Striefel, Sebastian and Others; Grouping Handicapped and Non-Handicapped Children in Mainstream Settings. The Functional Mainstreaming for Success (FMS) Project. Final Report-Part 3; see EC 201 748.