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Parker, Sylvia D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
It is time to stop viewing rural schools and communities as deficient and build on their tremendous assets--small size, an understanding of the connection between humans and nature, greater access to civic life, strong school-community ties, a sense of place and community, and cultural diversity. Examples describe innovative programs initiated by…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Citizenship Education, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education
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Jephson, Melanie B.; Russell, Kendra P.; Youngblood, L. A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
Interviews and focus groups with 50 professionals and 7 parents of children with special needs examined challenges faced by families and early intervention professionals in rural East Texas. Challenges identified by families included transportation, housing, access to medical care, and feelings of isolation. Professionals identified the lack of…
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Child Caregivers, Disabilities, Early Intervention
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Lock, Robin H. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
Texas Tech University offers online courses in special education for graduate credit or inservice education. This approach addresses the problems of time, distance, resources, and expertise experienced by rural educators. Unenrolled practitioners not interested in returning to school can access chat rooms and threaded discussions to get support…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Geographic Isolation
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Roth, Marta A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
Rural case studies can be used to infuse elements of rural special education into preservice teacher education programs. The case method provides a holistic framework for applying previous learned competencies to new problem-oriented issues. Ways of emphasizing rurality through case selection or modification are discussed, along with student…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Brennan, Kathleen B.; Miller, April D.; Brennan, J. Patrick, II – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A positive public relations campaign specific to special education can stimulate teacher cooperation and principal support, improve community perceptions of special education students, and increase hiring of special education students by local businesses. A monthly calendar of suggested activities and guidelines for starting a public relations…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Advancement
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Chapman, J. Keith – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A study examined rural service patterns and teacher preparation related to students who had experienced traumatic brain injury. Survey findings from 188 general and special education professionals in rural Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi suggest a lack of meaningful preparation for working with this population. Educational and…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Head Injuries, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Marchand-Martella, Nancy; Martella, Ronald C.; Orlob, Matthew; Ebey, Tara – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A study analyzed the effects of a peer-delivered corrective reading program with repeated reading on rural high school students in special education. Students receiving this intervention showed relatively stable performance in vocabulary and an increase of 1.5 grade levels in comprehension after 80 school-days of instruction. (Contains 33…
Descriptors: Action Research, Corrective Reading, Disabilities, High Schools
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Ormsbee, Christine K.; Haring, Kathryn A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
Preassessment teams are a collaborative problem-solving resource for teachers who have students with learning or behavioral problems. A survey of 48 rural preassessment team members found that they perceived themselves as a very effective support system for their colleagues, but desired more training in designing behavior management strategies…
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming
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Coffey, Kenneth M.; Obringer, S. John – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A study investigating the over-identification of rural minority students as learning disabled used a sample of 123 rural Mississippi students classified as learning disabled. Three possible ways of modifying the assessment protocol were attempted. A discrepancy formula incorporating a minimum full-scale IQ score of 85 balanced the number of…
Descriptors: Disability Identification, Disproportionate Representation, Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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Pillai, Patrick – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
Children with chronic ear infections experience a lag time in understanding speech, which inhibits classroom participation and the ability to make friends, and ultimately reduces self-esteem. Difficulty in hearing affects speech and vocabulary development, reading and writing proficiency, and academic performance, and could lead to placement in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavior Problems, Child Health, Educational Strategies
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Miller, Kevin J.; Wienke, Wilfred D.; Savage, Luise B. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
One hundred sixteen rural general educators participated in an innovative 10-week training to learn instructional and behavioral strategies for working with students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Pre/post self-assessments of teaching skills showed significant improvements after training; elementary educators self-rated their skills…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Cegelka, Patricia A.; Alvarado, Jose Luis – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A district-university partnership program provides an alternative route to teacher certification for noncredentialed special education teachers working in a rural California desert region. The program features locally available courses, on-campus summer courses, an alternative internship credential, collaborative structure, a coach-of-coaches…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Alternative Teacher Certification, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ryan, Susan M.; Dennis, Ruth E. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
Surveys, interviews, and observations were carried out at six remote Alaska village schools to explore perceptions and experiences of teachers and aides related to inclusionary practices for students with disabilities. Findings focus on personal stories affecting participants' perceptions, barriers and supports for inclusionary practices, and the…
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Isolation
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Lemke, June; Harrison, Suzanne – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
To address Hawaii's shortage of rural special education teachers and new state teacher employment requirements, Gonzaga University (Washington) designed a master's level preservice teacher education program to be delivered at an Oahu high school. Course content, scheduling, and format were tailored to meet the needs of currently employed but…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, High Schools, Higher Education, Masters Programs
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Tate, James O. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 1997 amendments that are important to rural schools are funding compliance requirements, changes in identification and evaluation of students with disabilities, and qualitative standards for providing special education and related services. Guidelines resulting from court decisions are presented…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Disabilities
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