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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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Johnson, Gary; Elrod, G. Franklin; Davis, Debbie C.; Smith, Jean C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A study of two rural Mississippi school districts compared the impact of school district wealth on special education programming. The wealthy school district had greater local revenues, reflected in special education teachers with higher degrees and more experience, a broader range of related services provided to more students, and better student…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ruscello, Dennis M.; Werner, Jeffrey; Price, Kari; Williams, Diane – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A West Virginia preservice program prepares professionals in a variety of fields to work with rural children with swallowing disorders. Program features include graduate assistantships, interdisciplinary academic coursework, a practicum in a swallowing disorders clinic under supervision of a faculty mentor, and a technology project related to…
Descriptors: Assistantships, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Graduate Study, Higher Education
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Carr, Sonya C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A course at Southeastern Louisiana University prepares special education teachers to collaborate with rural families having children with disabilities. Precourse, postcourse, and 2-year followup questionnaires found that participants had a new understanding of family dynamics and the impact on the family of a special-needs child and developed…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Disabilities, Education Courses, Elementary Secondary Education
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Winzer, Margret; Altieri, Elizabeth; Larsson, Victoria – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A course at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta) uses student portfolios of social and cultural perspectives on disabilities to challenge rural preservice teachers' attitudes toward disabilities and the philosophy of inclusion. Elements of the portfolio are described. The particular value of this method for rural preservice teachers and the…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Education Courses, Educational Attitudes
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Hammond, Helen; Ingalls, Lawrence – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
Prereferral teams have been found to reduce special education referrals. A followup study of 10 prereferral teams in a rural northwestern school district found that strategies for successful team maintenance included training and rotating members, utilizing various skills of multidisciplinary members, administrative support, and implementing a…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Followup Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Bryant, Renee; Dean, Michael; Elrod, G. Franklin; Blackbourn, J.M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
A study examined attitudes of 20 rural Mississippi elementary and secondary general education teachers toward accommodations/modifications for learning disabled students in their classrooms. Respondents favored accommodations that did not alter the content to be learned, were less intrusive to daily teaching procedures, took the least amount of…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Disabilities
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Hooper, H. H., Jr.; Pankake, Anita; Schroth, Gwen – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
A survey of 482 rural Texas superintendents examined their attitudes toward inclusion as a method of serving students with special needs. Superintendents were uncertain whether inclusion is the best method for serving special needs children and were more involved in planning for inclusion than in implementing it. Recommends actions rural…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Disabilities, Educational Administration
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McElhanon, Janee; Holloway, Tracy; Baggs, Terry; Diebold, Martin – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
A survey of 258 speech language pathologists (SLPs) practicing in Arkansas examined employment patterns of SLPs in rural schools. Respondents employed in schools remained longer in those positions than did their counterparts in health care, and most SLPs that left a school took positions in other schools. Reasons for changing jobs and implications…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Job Satisfaction, Labor Turnover
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Brennan, J. Patrick, II; Brennan, Kathleen B. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
A job club at a rural high school helped students with disabilities by involving them in meaningful projects in the school and community. Recycling and other projects taught them job skills; raised their self-esteem; and improved perceptions of the community, school personnel, and regular education students toward students with disabilities. (TD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Clubs, Disabilities
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Ritter, Carol L.; Michel, Charles S.; Irby, Beverly – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
Five rural fifth- and sixth-grade students with learning disabilities moved from a separate special education program to an inclusive program. Parents and students reported increased self-confidence and self-esteem, camaraderie, support of the teachers, and higher expectations. Teachers reported increased student confidence, improved academic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Disabilities
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Shearin, Alma; Roessler, Richard; Schriner, Kay – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
The mandated transition content of Individualized Educational Programs for 68 Arkansas high school students with disabilities was rated using a checklist of outcomes and life skills. Many plans were unclear regarding residential, postsecondary education, and employment goals, and important skill areas were overlooked. The checklist is presented…
Descriptors: Career Planning, Check Lists, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities
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Fishbaugh, Mary Susan E.; Christensen, Linda; Burdge, Jolene – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
Montana developed an alternative certification program for special educators in response to severe personnel shortages in rural schools. Program strengths include 2 years of mentoring and flexibility in delivery that allows participants to earn certification while working. Evaluation results are presented along with suggested improvements, which…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Distance Education, Educational Cooperation, Higher Education
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Jordan, LuAnn; Spooner, Fred; Calhoun, Mary Lynne; Beattie, John; Algozzine, Bob; Galloway, Tara – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) Master's degree in learning disabilities is delivered via distance education to surrounding rural counties. Describes the UNCC-community college partnership, technology selection and resources, faculty and student training for using distance education technology, costs, funding, student…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interactive Television
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