ERIC Number: ED463129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
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Success with Reluctant Researchers: Real Life Experiences in a Rural School Setting.
Collins, Belva C.; Hall, Meada; Branson, Terri A.
For five years, a collaborative team consisting of a special education teacher, a general education teacher, and a university professor conducted research studies in a rural secondary school. Although the general education teacher initially was reluctant to participate in a research project, especially one that involved students with disabilities, the collaboration was successful, resulting in five publications in refereed journals and numerous benefits for the adults and students involved. This paper describes the development of the collaborative arrangement; delineation of duties; the projects undertaken; and benefits for general education students, special education students, the rural teachers involved, and the university professor. The five studies examined the use of peer tutors to teach adolescents with moderate mental disabilities to read key words from food labels; methods of teaching leisure skills to secondary students with moderate disabilities; teaching students with disabilities to say "no" and walk away from peer pressure; use of peer tutors and a system of least prompts to teach students with moderate disabilities to write letters within a secondary composition class setting; and acquisition of nontargeted information by students with disabilities in an inclusive classroom. Thirteen guidelines are presented for developing a collaborative research project in a rural setting. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky