ERIC Number: ED411633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-31
Collaborative Planning between General and Special Educators. Final Report.
Beirne-Smith, Mary; Smith, Cynthia Ruth Blocker
A study investigated the effectiveness of a structured, collaborative co-planning model. Participants were 28 general education and special education teachers, who participated in extant team or co-teaching arrangements in grades 4-12 general education classes. The model was designed to increase: (1) the number of instructional interventions generated and implemented by general and special education teachers for students with learning disabilities included in the general education classroom; (2) the on-task classroom behavior of students with learning disabilities; (3) the number of positive interactions between general and special educators and their students with learning disabilities; (4) the number of positive interactions among students with disabilities and their peers; and (5) the general and special education teachers' perceptions of positive academic achievements of students with learning disabilities. Although data analysis from the study is ongoing, initial results suggest major implications for local education agencies' personnel in the planning and implementation of inclusive school or collaborative programs in which general and special educators team or co-teach. Student outcomes were not statistically significant. However, an analysis of preliminary results of transcripts from teachers' exit interviews indicates that teachers who used the collaborative co-planning form reported that it facilitated their instructional planning. An appendix includes survey instruments. (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., Tuscaloosa.