ERIC Number: ED473260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Effective Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms: The IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement.
Smith, Deborah D.; Tyler Naomi; Skow, Kimberly; Stark, Alicia; Baca, Leonard
This paper describes the IRIS (IDEA and Research for Inclusive Settings) Center, which is designed to create and implement a comprehensive national resource for faculty teaching preservice courses in general education, school administration, school counseling, and school nursing. Its intention is to develop new graduates who can meet the needs of students with special needs in general education classrooms. Currently, the IRIS Project (IDEA '97 and Research for Inclusive Settings) is developing supports for higher education faculty to enhance their teacher training efforts, specifically in the areas of early reading interventions, behavior management, and linguistic diversity. The IRIS interactive learning modules present participants with: a challenge (what students should know and be able to do at the end of the module); an initial thoughts activity (which provides an opportunity for students to examine their current knowledge base of the challenge); perspectives by experts on the challenge; assessment (the opportunity for students to apply what they know and evaluate what they need to study more); and a wrap-up. (Contains 39 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (55th, New Orleans, LA, January 24-27, 2003).