ERIC Number: ED400631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Building Capacity for Change. A Final Report.
Ferguson, Dianne L.; Ferguson, Philip M.
This final report describes a federally supported project which provided a year-long professional development program for general and special educators and family members on the inclusion of all students in general education, including students with severe developmental disabilities. Four graduate level courses were developed which covered curriculum planning for students with severe disabilities, classroom management and program improvement, and the role of families in bringing school inclusion to the community. The project provided fellowships to up to 20 preservice or inservice teachers or parents each year, who attended the program with up to 55 other students. The courses stressed: (1) the merging of general and special education knowledge and instructional strategies; (2) the merging of the perspectives of preservice and inservice teacher education and professional development; and (3) the merging of the perspectives and skills of both family members and professionals. Evaluation by participants indicated that the project led to the development of new group practices and professional partnerships; a commitment to ongoing professional development; and a ripple effect extending into participants' schools, districts, and communities. Individual sections of the report describe the project's purpose, design, accomplishments, and impact. Attachments to the report include an interview guide, course syllabi, a professional development planning log, and a recruitment brochure. (CR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Course Content, Developmental Disabilities, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Participant Satisfaction, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Severe Disabilities, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Specialized Training Programs.