ERIC Number: ED452629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Rural Students with Exceptionalities: Refocusing in the New Millennium.
Obi, Sunday O.; Obiakor, Festus E.
This paper examined issues that affect rural students with exceptionalities and identified effective techniques to reverse problems confronting these students. Following an introductory section, an overview of rural special education programs identifies consistent problems of misidentification, mistakes in assessment, misclassification, misplacement, and lapses in instruction for reasons such as lack of qualified personnel, inflexible funding formulas, and geographic remoteness. The following section notes special problems such as difficulty serving students with low incidence disabilities (students with moderate or severe retardation, multiple disabilities, vision or hearing impairments, orthopedic disabilities, emotional disturbances, and those requiring related services). The next section, on innovative strategies, urges collaborative transdisciplinary teaming approaches, increased staff development that involves the community, and provision of services based on principles of inclusion, community-referenced curriculum, and student-centered educational planning. The role of state departments of education is discussed with examples from Utah. Examples are also provided of innovative efforts by local rural school districts and of teacher education programs in Utah. Ways that technology can address the special problems of this population are considered with 10 examples of successful uses of technology in rural settings with diverse groups of students. (Contains 51 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Utah