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ERIC Number: ED426976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Inclusion: Professional Development of General Education Teachers and the Impact on Special Education.
Culverhouse, Gay
Prior to 1975, children with disabilities had no federally guaranteed right to public education. In 1975, Congress passed public law 94-142, which guaranteed that all students regardless of their handicapped condition be taught in the least restrictive environment. In 1990, it was re-named the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Teachers College, Columbia University, has developed a course for general education teachers to address challenges to including students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The course promotes a view of diversity in the classroom that includes students with disabilities. It examines prejudices that center around culture, race, gender, poverty, medical issues, and disabilities. The course concentrates on strategies to teach students to accept all individual differences. It also focuses on the concept of cooperative learning, which allows students to work with peers toward shared academic goals. Each student in the course is assigned a child with disabilities who is currently enrolled in a self-contained classroom. Working with the child's teacher and school administrator, the student plans a strategy for including the child in a regular classroom for the upcoming academic year. The course brings together all that is studied during the term and turns theory into practice. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act