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ERIC Number: EJ1095837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-2141
Exceptional Educators: A Collaborative Training Partnership for the Inclusion of Students with Down's Syndrome
Vaughan, Michelle; Henderson, Anne
Support for Learning, v31 n1 p46-58 Feb 2016
This article discusses the results of a teacher training initiative in the United States. "Exceptional Educators" is the result of an inter-organisational collaboration between a community-based organisation (Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization), the local public school system and a university professor. The training focuses on three distinct objectives; understanding the physical and emotional needs of the disability, creating modified curriculum units based on individual learning goals and recognising common behavioral problems that arise in school settings. Overall, the results showed positive outcomes, with gains in knowledge of curriculum modification, behavioural strategies and overall understanding of Down's syndrome, as well as an increase in confidence level. A six-week follow-up survey indicated that the majority of the participants used the information presented back in their teaching environments. This study also investigated the added value of this collaboration, finding that the community connection often continues past the training and has provided teachers additional avenues for support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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