ERIC Number: ED439887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Training Rural Educators in Kentucky: Impact with Follow-Up Data.
Grisham-Brown, Jennifer; Collins, Belva C.; Baird, Constance M.
The University of Kentucky has been providing graduate-level distance learning programs in moderate and severe disabilities and early childhood special education since 1989 through the Training Rural Educators in Kentucky (TREK) Projects. To document the effectiveness of the program, a follow-up survey was conducted in 1998 with an emphasis on the program's impact on students with disabilities, other teachers, and school districts. Surveys were returned from 29 former and current TREK participants. Results indicate that a significant number of participants had achieved an advanced degree or additional certification in some area of special education. A majority of respondents who indicated a job change felt that the change was due to their completion of the TREK course. On a scale of 1 (not useful) to 5 (very useful), the range of scores across all courses was 4.4. Components of the three delivery formats--on-site, satellite, and compressed video--were rated, with the satellite and combination approach tying for preferred format, followed by compressed video and on-site. A greater percentage of participants were implementing best practices for children with disabilities after taking TREK courses, and a majority of these participants shared information about the practices with other adults. Nineteen respondents reported that systemic changes in their places of employment resulted from the knowledge they gained in the TREK program. The emphasis on research-based decision making resulted in TREK participants becoming agents of change in their rural districts on behalf of children with disabilities. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky