ERIC Number: ED342159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-31
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Integration of Technology for Instructing Handicapped Children (Middle School Level). Final Report of Phase I.
Zorfass, Judith; And Others
This final report documents Phase I of a federally funded, naturalistic study of how middle schools can integrate technology into mainstream instruction for mildly handicapped students. Phase I of the study, carried out from October 1986 through September 1989, examined teacher practices that create successful, computer-supported learning experiences for special needs students, and examined the larger school and organizational context that sustains those teacher practices. A total of 23 administrators and 25 teachers from 4 middle schools participated in the 3-year study. Phase II will involve the development and field testing of a school-based intervention to enhance technology use. The report provides an overview of Phases I and II, a description of Phase I research methods and results, a model for a school-based approach to technology integration, and a description of the Phase II technical method. Sixteen study findings are organized into the categories of teacher knowledge and practice, technology resources, teacher development, collaboration and communication, and school-based facilitation. The technology integration model includes the following key elements: a technology integration facilitator, a technology support team, a trainer, teacher dyads, a module-based teacher development program, and school-based facilitation workshops. (Includes approximately 90 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Computer Assisted Instruction, Context Effect, Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Federal Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Integrated Activities, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mainstreaming, Middle Schools, Mild Disabilities, Models, Organizational Climate, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.; Technical Education Research Center, Cambridge, MA.
Note: For Phase II Final Report, see EC 300 919.