ERIC Number: ED405696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
A Checklist for Description of Features of Programs That Aim To Effectively Accomodate Mainstreamed Special Education Students in Regular Education Settings.
This checklist is intended to be used as a rating instrument to assist in the design and description of classroom learning environments that provide for student diversity, including the mainstreaming of students with disabilities. Specific purposes of the checklist are to provide a framework for describing the organizational characteristics of effective classes and schools, for implementing effective instruction principles, for planning staff development activities, and for identifying the support needed by teachers to accommodate students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Each of the 13 scales included in the checklist contains five descriptions of school situations sequentially ordered according to increasing desirability. The desirability scaling is based on research, public policies, and the "wisdom of practice." For each scale, suggestions are given on how to determine the ratings, along with a list of the key elements or concepts defining the scale. These key elements can be considered critical dimensions of the particular scale and can also be used as a checklist to indicate their presence or absence. Included scales cover: (1) space, facilities, and furnishings; (2) resources and supports; (3) social environment; (4) student self-direction; (5) classroom management and climate; (6) teaming arrangements; (7) instruction; (8) curriculum flexibility; (9) accommodation to individual differences in previous learning; (10) evaluation; (11) appreciating cultural and individual differences; (12) child study processes; and (13) parent-teacher collaboration. A sample profile chart provides a summary display of the evaluation of a given program. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Check Lists, Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Disabilities, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Mainstreaming, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Rating Scales, School Organization
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research in Human Development and Education.
Note: In: Designing and Evaluating School Learning Environments for Effective Mainstreaming of Special Education Students: Synthesis, Validation, and Dissemination of Research Methods. Final Report; see EC 305 400.