ERIC Number: ED304811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Regular Education Teachers' Perceptions of Instructional Arrangements for Students with Mild Handicaps. Research Report No. 8. Instructional Alternatives Project.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
A survey of 197 regular education teachers representing 35 states indicated few changes in structural arrangements or adaptive instruction as a function of having handicapped students in their classes. Elementary and secondary level teachers completed a 2-page survey which explored the use of other adults in the classroom, size of instructional groups, primary method of instruction used, and degree of classroom structure. Number of adults used in the classroom differed from what it typically would be for only 26 percent of respondents. Sixty percent reported direct instruction as the preferred method for handicapped students. More than half reported that the degree of classroom structure (typically described as "highly structured") would not change if handicapped students were not present. Adaptive instructional techniques were almost unanimously viewed as desirable, with teachers at both elementary and secondary levels indicating that the most desirable approach is holding the student accountable for performance and quality of work. It is concluded that regular education teachers either do not see a way to make the classroom environment different from what it would be without a handicapped student, or are unable to implement potential changes. A copy of the survey is appended. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.