ERIC Number: ED354646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
AIMS CoPlanner: Transacting Changes in Resource Teacher Preparation.
Haines, Leonard P.; And Others
The impact of changes in the special education environment on the role of the resource teacher are discussed, such as trends toward placing students with special needs within regular classrooms, delivering programs to learners with a wider range of instructional needs, and collaborating in delivery of classroom instruction. Consequent shifts in demands upon teacher educators are then noted. The Department for the Education of Exceptional Children of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Education in Saskatoon, Canada, responded to these changes by: moving resource teacher preparation courses from the undergraduate to graduate level; developing generic theory courses around a core of "integrated practicum" classes; involving local public schools as practicum sites; and making use of peer coaching, reflective journal writing, and role playing and modeling. One component of the change process involved integrating computer technology into teacher preparation, through development of Project AIMS (Assessment, Instruction, and Management Support). The AIMS CoPlanner is an interactive computer program designed to help teachers gather relevant information about a student, reflect on that information, plan teaching strategies, monitor student progress, and report on student progress. Besides supporting instruction, AIMS CoPlanner was designed to enhance communication among staff who share responsibility for the education of a student, to make assessment and teaching tools available online, and to reduce administrative time involved. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Software, Disabilities, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Management Information Systems, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Resource Room Programs, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children/Teacher Education Division Conference "Transactions: Changing and Affecting Change" (Cincinnati, OH, November 11-14, 1992).