ERIC Number: ED441298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-17
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Project TIE: An Innovative Model Program of Inclusive Education.
Urban, Stanley J.; Hauselt, Jerry, Jr.
This report discusses the outcomes of a New Jersey program designed to implement a responsible model for including students with disabilities into general education sixth, seventh, and eight grade classrooms. A major element of the "Toward Inclusive Education" (TIE) project included an intensive 2-week inservice program provided during the summer of 1997, preceding the academic year during which the program was implemented. In September of 1997, children who had been receiving resource room services became fully included in regular classrooms with the appropriate supports, services, and supplementary staff. During July of 1998, an additional 2 weeks of staff training were provided to prepare teachers to continue the implementation of Project TIE during the 1998-1999 academic year. Project TIE resulted in 17 former resource room students experiencing a successful year in inclusive settings. Educators found the training to be beneficial, and student achievement, as judged by grades, was in all cases sufficient to warrant promotion to the next grade. The project also resulted in improved attendance and decreased disciplinary problems. Findings also indicate the project was not detrimental to instruction received by the general education students. Appendices include survey results. (Contains 13 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Resource Room Programs, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Models, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey