ERIC Number: ED371508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Focus Group Project: Iowa Behavioral Initiative.
Nichols, Polly; Pederson, Sally
Eleven focus groups, representing a broad range of Iowa thought, met in five Iowa cities in 1993 to talk about programming for students with behavioral and emotional problems. Participants viewed four videotapes of students with behavior problems, discussed what their schools would most commonly do to serve the students, and explored what their schools would do to offer the best possible programming given all desired resources. Small groups identified the three interventions, in his/her opinion, that would most typically be used for the students and the three most desirable interventions. Individuals then assigned grades to schools' performance in serving students with behavioral needs, and these grades were reported to small homogeneous groups and averaged. Ideas generated in group meetings were categorized into 19 theme areas: parent involvement, the role of academics, resources, social and emotional needs of students, staff education and training, community support, professional support, nonprofessional educators' support, parent training, school and district policy, regular education, identification and diagnosis, behavior management, teamwork, early identification and service, special education, special schools, students' negative behaviors, and students' positive behaviors. Analysis of these themes resulted in identification of the following major themes: parent involvement, curriculum transformation, roles of special and general education, teamwork, alternative school programming, and resources. Appendices contain detailed focus group data. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Drake Univ., Des Moines, IA.; Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Des Moines, IA.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa