ERIC Number: EJ711954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: 71
Inclusive Science Education: Classroom Teacher and Science Educator Experiences in CLASS Workshops
Kirch, Susan A.; Bargerhuff, Mary Ellen; Turner, Heidi; Wheatly, Michele
School Science and Mathematics, v105 n4 p175 Apr 2005
Inclusion is the meaningful participation of students with disabilities in general education classrooms. The CLASS project (Creating Laboratory Access for Science Students) is a unique initiative offering training and resources to help educators provide students with a variety of physical, sensory and learning disabilities equal access in the science laboratory or field. To determine whether participants believed a 2-week residential workshop sponsored by CLASS raised disability awareness and provided teacher training in inclusive science teaching practice, a multipoint Likert scale survey and questionnaire was completed by all participants (N = 20) in four workshops. Participants reported large gains in their preparedness to teach science to students with disabilities. Participants also reported gains in their familiarity with instructional strategies, curricula, and resources and their ability to design, select, and modify activities for students with disabilities. Finally, shifts in attitudes about teaching science to students with disabilities were noted.
Descriptors: Workshops, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Likert Scales, Learning Disabilities, Inclusive Schools, Science Teachers, Consciousness Raising
School Science & Mathematics Association, The Ohio State University, 238 Arps Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210-1172. Web site: http://www.ssma.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act