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ERIC Number: ED360773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-9
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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America 2000 and Special Education: Can the Two Be Merged?
Pazey, Barbara; And Others
This paper uses systems theory and force field analysis to evaluate the potential for combining special education with America 2000 national educational strategy and goals. A brief history of educational reform attempts is followed by an explanation of systems theory and the school as a social system. Force field analysis is used as a tool for identifying the major internal and external forces impacting change efforts proposed by America 2000. An overview of the major components of America 2000 and evaluation procedures highlights issues of concern and implications for special needs populations. Suggestions include the incorporation of an inclusion model, supported by collaborative efforts between regular and special education; outcomes-based curriculum and unbiased accountability measures; experiential, technological, and multicultural curriculum components; and choice of academic and/or vocational preparation and training. A similar overview format is followed in the representation of each of the six national goals. An exhortation for special education professionals to communicate concerns related to America 2000 and special populations is given, emphasizing the expediency of such efforts. (Contains 52 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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