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ERIC Number: ED429772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 7
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Rural General Educators and Special Education Training: Applied Assignments & Program Evaluation Data.
Miller, Kevin J.; Wienke, Wilfred D.; Friedland, Billie
Sixteen rural K-12 regular education teachers from West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania completed a certification program focusing on inclusive practices for successful integration of special education into regular education classrooms. Data on competency acquisition and use were collected prior to participation and 6 months following completion. Eleven participants rated their comfort level in the use of seven instructional and behavioral techniques: curriculum-based assessment, cooperative learning, student self-management, peer tutoring, direct instruction, strategy instruction, and goal setting for students with learning disabilities (LD). Significant gains were reported for all but strategy instruction. Eleven participants were asked the degree to which they could establish positive strategies for students with varying learning styles, analyze materials according to appropriateness for students with LD, develop lesson plans to assist students with LD, respond appropriately to learning needs of students from different cultures and backgrounds, develop intervention plans for deviant behaviors, identify specific teaching materials to meet the needs of students with LD, and develop a schedule that allows them to work effectively with the variety of students in class. There were significant gains in all areas except the last. A program evaluation questionnaire completed by six participants found that the most frequently cited instructional impacts were in cooperative learning and peer tutoring, evaluation methods were greatly impacted, participants appreciated the cohort structure, and academic and social benefits were realized for students with and without LD. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997