ERIC Number: ED429768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Summer Institutes for Rural Teachers of Students with Low Incidence Disabilities.
Cheney, Christine; Demchak, MaryAnn
A 2-year followup evaluation was conducted with 1 male and 19 female rural Nevada regular and special education teachers and related service workers who had participated in two summer institutes on teaching practices for students with severe, multiple disabilities and students with emotional disturbances. Telephone interviews sought to determine the effectiveness of summer institutes as a method of providing information regarding low incidence disabilities. Six themes emerged in the area of professional impact: (1) information was implemented in classrooms; (2) long-lasting teacher support networks were established; (3) information was passed on to other school personnel and parents who did not participate in the institutes; (4) changes occurred in participants' philosophy and attitudes; (5) information was obtained on laws and policies related to special education; and (6) participants were frustrated in attempting to make building-level changes upon returning to their schools. The concentrated nature of the institutes appealed to participants, and half the participants reported that grant funding enabled their attendance. The most common factor that would influence participation in future institutes was the topic. Other factors included logistical factors and earning recertification credits. It is noteworthy that participants were able to describe specific strategies and materials being implemented on the job 2 years after the institutes. A particularly valuable outcome of the summer institutes was the formation of lasting networks of professionals that could call on each other for information, resources, or support. The interview protocol and participant comments are included. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada