ERIC Number: ED379885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
A Snapshot of the "Perfect" School.
Hughes, Eileen; Leinin, Jim
This report examines the educational experiences of students with disabilities from the students' perspectives. It was prepared to encourage state education agency staff and those involved in school reform to hear the ideas of students and to expand ways in which students can be involved in planning for change. Themes identified in the report include: qualities of a good teacher, lasting images and the perceptions of others, students' views of inclusive environments, and students' views of how school prepared them for life. Student comments suggest that students' relationships with individual teachers were central to their school experiences. Good teachers were those who listened to individual students, showed their personal sides, allowed students to experience the curriculum individually, promoted peer relationships between students with and without disabilities, and recognized students' potential. The disabled students identified areas of needed attitude change and were in favor of inclusion. The report concludes with six questions that offer a guide for more actively involving students. An appendix describes the methodology of the qualitative research, which involved focus group interviews with 33 individuals with disabilities, from children to young adults. (Contains 33 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Regional Resource Center, Eugene, OR.