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ERIC Number: ED453021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 7
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Contemporary Issues Education: Rural Perspectives and Resources.
Lamorey, Suzanne; Perry, Nancy
As the inclusion movement integrates students with disabilities into community situations, these students become more vulnerable to various forms of exploitation and manipulation. This paper compares rural and urban teachers' provision of contemporary issues education to special education students and describes the development of Web-based supports to facilitate such education, particularly in rural areas. A survey was completed by 102 rural and urban special educators and urban general educators in Arizona. About 60 percent of rural special educators addressed each of the following topics with their students: attitudes toward disabilities, tobacco use, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse. Among urban special educators, 81 percent addressed attitudes toward disabilities, and 50-57 percent addressed racism, tobacco use, and drug abuse. The items least discussed by both rural and urban teachers all involved sexuality or sexual abuse. Barriers to contemporary issues education in rural schools included conservative community standards, lack of time, and teacher concerns about students' level of understanding. Both rural and urban educators felt that such education would be facilitated by more and better materials and district guidelines or permission. Based on survey findings, a Web site is being developed to provide developmentally appropriate resources for contemporary issues education. Survey response data on 19 high risk items are included. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona