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ERIC Number: ED429769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Facilitating Effective Inclusion through Staff Development.
Demchak, MaryAnn
A middle school and a high school in rural Nevada participated in a project with the University of Nevada to develop a model for training staff in the successful inclusion of students with disabilities. Project participants included all 23 teachers and 3 assistants from both schools, 4 university students in teacher education programs, the district director of special education services and personnel, and a university professor. The university students rotated between two functions: serving as substitute teachers to allow monthly collaborative meetings between the special education and regular education teachers, and participating in the collaborative meetings, thereby gaining educational as well as practical experience. The professor facilitated the collaborative meetings and three inservice training workshops. Questionnaires and interviews indicated that the benefits for regular education teachers included bringing isolated staff closer by sharing common problems and having time to deal with individual students' concerns. Special education teachers felt that regular education teachers gained a greater awareness of special education issues and that the joint problem solving that occurred in collaborative meetings resulted in students being better served. The administrator thought the project provided an easily replicated model. The teachers and administrator both felt the outside influence provided by the professor was advantageous in terms of providing information and assisting with brainstorming. The university students felt that the information provided to them through project participation differed from that obtained in university classes and better prepared them for their future professions. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Nevada Univ., Reno.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada