ERIC Number: ED460522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Development and the Inclusion of Middle School Students with EBD in Regular Education: Preliminary Findings from Project DESTINY.
Barringer, Craig; Cheney, Douglas
This paper discusses the preliminary findings of Project DESTINY (Designing Educational Support Teams through Interdisciplinary Networks for Youth with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders), a three-year project designed to evaluate models for school-based service delivery to students with emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD). The sample for the study included 64 regular and special education teachers from two New Hampshire intervention schools. It investigated the effects of two types of staff development activities (didactic presentations and case studies on teachers' perceptions of their competence in the area of EBD), and the effects of increases in teachers' perceptions of their own competence on the academic and social functioning of their students. Results indicate that when combined with traditional in-service presentations, the case study component of the model seemed to enhance outcomes for staff members. Teachers reported that case studies left them with a deeper understanding of the material presented and a more differentiated picture of students. Based on their deeper understanding of the students' needs, teachers appeared better able to use selectively and appropriately the tools that had been presented in didactic seminars. (Contains 15 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Case Studies, Emotional Disturbances, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Knowledge Level, Mainstreaming, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Models, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Originally presented as "Creating the Context for Including Middle School Students with EBD in General Education: Findings from the First Year of Project Destiny. In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844. Tables and figures are not available from ERIC.