ERIC Number: ED346707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-24
Increasing Enrollment of Preschool Children with Special Needs in Regular Daycare Programs through a Peer-Coaching, Systems Change Approach.
Irwin, Sharon Hope
This practicum was designed to increase enrollment of preschool children with special needs in seven regular day care centers. Corollary aims were to improve the attitudes of day care directors and staffs towards integration; to increase parental and community awareness of integration; to keep governmental day care staff aware of the program in progress; and to introduce concepts of "appreciating differences" to nonhandicapped preschool children. Seven workshops were held with directors and key staff. Other practicum activities carried out included attitude surveys of staff and directors; interviews with directors; parent awareness sessions; and consultation visits to day care centers. Three children with special needs were subsequently enrolled in regular day care programs, and staff and director attitudes toward integration became more positive. Issues of power and control are discussed. Appendices contain the attitude survey instrument for childhood professionals, data supporting practicum findings, and various administrative materials. (Approximately 80 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.