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ERIC Number: ED342562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
Pages: 14
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Intervention Assistance Teams in Rural Ohio Schools.
Gold, Veronica E.; And Others
Intervention assistance teams (IATs) were implemented in selected Ohio rural schools to provide early intervention for students experiencing academic failure and provide consultation services for the referring teacher. This study surveyed 119 chairpersons of IATs from 53 randomly selected school districts representing urban, suburban, and rural schools (however, it is believed that responses primarily came from rural schools). Useable questionnaires were returned by 80 participants. The majority of respondents were elementary school principals. Almost all (93%) reported that team members were either appointed or volunteered. The most frequently cited reasons for establishing the IAT were administrative initiative and a concern about high referral rates to special education programs. The degree of parental involvement in the program appears limited in most cases. Regular classroom teachers made the majority of referrals to the IAT, averaging between five and seven referrals annually. The IATs were as likely to recommend referral to special education as often as they would recommend modification of teaching techniques or the classroom environment. Out of 188 recent cases cited by subjects, 90 were referred to special education. IAT chairpersons perceived some services as beneficial, but the majority did not view the IAT as meeting a broad range of pupil needs or as benefiting teachers' professional growth. Future studies should compare students referred by the IAT and students referred by others. Future studies should also explore the relationship between the training and background of IAT members and their recommendations for referred students. Recommendations for improvement of professional practices of IAT members are included. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio