ERIC Number: ED310583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Social Change and Special Education.
Pedrini, D. T.; Pedrini, B. C.
Special education classes for significantly subaverage students, sometimes called the "handicapped," have proved, through scientific inquiry, to be no more successful and much more costly than regular classes. This has resulted in the de-emphasis of some unsuccessful programs, such as institutionalization and self-contained segregated classrooms. Social change in the development of alternate approaches to education of the handicapped ought to be the result of scientific inquiry. All advocated changes ought to be subjected to ongoing research. Especially helpful in evaluating educational/vocational progress are task-referenced, criterion-referenced tests which refer to specific materials for offsetting assayed weaknesses. Behavior evaluation should be included and should be followed up with behavior modification. Pre-service and in-service teacher education have great potential in the development, maintenance, and enhancement of good programs. Rigorous models, rigorous applications, and rigorous evaluations are needed. Through continuing experimental attitudes and efforts, better models will become available. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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