ERIC Number: ED439885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Strategies from Instructional Effectiveness Applicable to Training Regular Teachers for Inclusion.
Bull, Kay S.; Overton, Robert; Montgomery, Diane
As rural schools prepare for the inclusion of students with disabilities in general classrooms, teachers must be equipped to modify curriculum and adapt classroom environments. This paper reports the results of an analysis of a series of instructional seminars for their applicability to curriculum and classroom environment adaptation. The series was developed by Oklahoma State University (OSU) to provide instructional skills to university teachers who do not have professional training in pedagogy. The series is being put online to expand access to a larger number of faculty, including rural teachers. About half of the program's 30 two-hour modules are currently online. The analysis identified effective instructional strategies that can be adapted by teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners. The strategies and underlying principles cover 17 areas: instruction (teacher attitudes, behavior, and classroom communication); student production (creating products that are authentic and have authentic audiences); psychologically secure environments; motivation; success; student expectations; scaffolding (learning assistance, cues, and support provided by teacher or peers); respect; adaptation to student abilities; prerequisite skills (ensuring that each student has the skills needed to learn new content); group activities; student choice of activities; optimal level of learning; learning communities; problem solving; questioning techniques; and appropriate assessments. The Web site address of the OSU instructional seminars is included. (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Classroom Techniques, Disabilities, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Rural Education, Special Education, Student Motivation, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Capitalizing on Leadership in Rural Special Education: Making a Difference for Children and Families. Conference Proceedings (Alexandria, VA, March 16-18, 2000); see RC 022 337.