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ERIC Number: ED374619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-26
Pages: 113
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Improving the Transition of Special Needs Students to a Setting in Their Home School. Action Research Final Report.
Laughlin, Pamela S.
This report describes a process for improving the transition of special needs students from their special education setting to that of the regular education classroom in their neighborhood elementary schools. Analysis suggested that parents, administrators, and receiving teachers were apprehensive about the move to total inclusion for special needs children and that current methods of implementing the transitional process were inadequate. Four major strategies were developed to facilitate the transition process: (1) videotaping of individual special needs students and related staff; (2) systematic visitations and meetings involving everyone in the inclusionary process; (3) development of consistent methods of documentation; and (4) staff development. Results suggested that the symptoms of the original problem were not significantly reduced by implementation of the strategies. Acceptance of students with physical disabilities requiring no content modifications in the regular classroom was better than for those students requiring an individual curriculum. Results support the need for a clear philosophy statement about inclusion, more time for staff development, and more uniformity in the delivery system. Teachers' attitudes appeared to be the greatest factor in the success of the inclusive process. Appendices include administrator, teacher, and parent questionnaires; sample letters and forms; and teacher responses. Contains 29 references. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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