ERIC Number: ED294669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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The Implementation of Consultation Strategies To Improve Communication between Special Educators and Teachers, Principals, and Parents at the Elementary Level.
Mirsky, Patricia S.
Written by a Director of Special Education working for an elementary school district in a small midwestern town, this practicum aimed to improve the special education delivery system in that district. A review of the literature and a survey of district needs indicated that: (1) teachers relied on a refer-test-place cycle when alternatives would have been more appropriate; (2) systematic, individualized feedback was a preferred method of staff development; (3) principals relied on pull-out programs instead of extending regular education options; and (4) parents of handicapped children often were unaware of available services and programs. Goals of the practicum were to enhance the special education delivery system through the development and implementation of five consultation strategies. Teachers were provided a checklist of alternative options for testing. Guidelines were provided to principals to enable them to be active participants in the referral process. A process of new student identification was implemented for auxiliary staff. A brochure that described services available to handicapped students and families was developed and distributed to parents. A video presentation was developed for parents of students entering a junior high school program. Evaluation data indicated the effectiveness of the intervention. Checklists and other related material are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.