ERIC Number: ED401681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Trends Shaping the Future of Special Education. Fastback 409.
Lombardi, Thomas P.; Ludlow, Barbara L.
This booklet identifies major trends and practices in special education and relates them to current and expected changes in school policies and practices. Four specific trends are identified as grounded in evolutionary social forces that are likely to persist and result in lasting changes in school and society. These trends include integration and inclusion, collaboration and teaming, acceptance of diversity, and use of advanced technology. Individual sections briefly address the following broad areas in light of these trends: individualized instruction (including early intervention, responsible inclusion, and noncategorical program models); personnel preparation (including collaborative preparation models, innovative delivery systems, and national standards); emerging technologies (including assistive technologies and distance education); policy development (including education reform, family support, and transition programs); and diverse environments (including rural programs, urban programs, and learning from other countries). A concluding section stresses the continuing importance of federal legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Contains 41 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Individualized Instruction, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Special Education, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; telephone: 812-339-1156.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.