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ERIC Number: ED429742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Biotechnology Works!
Cohen, Libby G.; Spenciner, Loraine
There have been few initiatives addressing the improvement of science education for students with disabilities. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Biotechnology Works is a summer institute in immunology and genetics for students with disabilities, high school science teachers, and high school counselors. During the 1998 summer session, activities included developing curriculum adaptations for students with disabilities, mentoring high school science students, developing curriculum materials, and developing career development materials to encourage the participation of students with disabilities in science careers. Student activities included hands-on laboratories. Extended interviews were conducted with the 14 students who attended the 1998 summer institute. The students were 15-18 years old and had physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. Major interview themes related to the students' experiences were limited availability of science courses and science labs, the importance of teacher support, lack of adapted laboratory equipment, the importance of high teacher expectations and standards, and a desire to accomplish the work on their own. The students reported continued difficulties in their own science education programs, with the most striking finding being the few laboratory experiences available in either regular education or specialized settings. A variety of common adaptations and assistive technology used in the summer institute are listed. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Rural Special Education for the New Millennium. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (19th, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 25-27, 1999); see RC 021 888.