ERIC Number: ED432083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Four Schools: Moving toward Inclusion of Special Education Students in General Education.
Idol, Lorna; Griffith, Julia
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined how special education services were being provided in four elementary schools in the Austin Independent School District in the 1997-98 school year: Brentwood, Dawson, Pillow, and Zavala. The study's intention was to determine how much, if any, inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classes was occurring. Principals, assistant principals, special and general education teachers, and teacher assistants were interviewed at the four schools, resulting in 125 interviews. The number and type of student with disabilities on each campus varied considerably and the number of students with a disability seemed to be related to how far advanced each school was with its plans for inclusion. The school with the fewest number of students with disabilities made the most advances with inclusion. In general, the administrators in these four schools were found to be doing a good job of working with and supporting the teachers, as evidenced by the teachers' perceptions of them. Many teachers viewed their principals as being supportive of them and as being instructional leaders. The majority had very positive attitudes toward including students with disabilities in general education programs. Appendices include assessment materials. (Contains 29 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.