ERIC Number: ED453035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pre-Teachers Evaluate University-School Partnerships for Curriculum Adaptation and Access for Students with Disabilities in Rural Classrooms.
Friedland, Billie L.; Walz, Lynn
A study assessed perceptions of 90 preservice teachers about the quality of their participation in practica experiences in a consultation and curriculum adaptation course collaboratively developed and supervised by a small midwestern university and rural school personnel. Data were collected over three semesters in the form of written responses followed by a large-group discussion. Findings indicate that preservice teachers considered the curriculum and materials adaptation practica to be valuable experiences in which they performed and were treated professionally. Preservice teachers reported making numerous and varied adaptations to accommodate real students in authentic and difficult learning situations. However, many consulting teachers did not indicate or apply previous knowledge of consultation or collaboration. Even at the end of the semester, student teachers remained weak in their understanding of the consultation model. Although it became evident that adaptations apply to all subject areas, many preservice teachers expressed a need for increased presentation of ideas for adaptations. There was an apparent lack of connection between the student teacher evaluation responses and outlined course units and topics, as several areas of course content were not addressed in their responses. In addition, student teachers found it disjointed and disconcerting to have one course instructor and another faculty member supervise the practica, or even two section instructors and one practica supervisor. (Contains 17 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), College School Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Special Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Collaboration
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Growing Partnerships for Rural Special Education. Conference Proceedings (San Diego, CA, March 29-31, 2001); see RC 022 965.