The 1992 Michigan Non-Mandated Aide Pilot Project.Report as inadecuate

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An evaluation was conducted of a Michigan pilot project that sought to expand the activities of aides concerning promotion of least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. The evaluation consisted of a historical summary of the project, on-site observations, and analysis of follow-up evaluation instruments submitted by 49 general education teachers, 33 special education teachers, and 21 pilot project aides. Results are reported by means of 32 tables which present such data as: individuals responsible for initiating the project; individuals responsible for monitoring the project; topical areas of training for aides; information resources utilized by aides; building team meeting participants; educational level of aides; topical areas of teacher training; information resources utilized by general education teachers; age distribution of teachers; number of special education students per class period; educational level of special education teachers; and aides' and teachers' perceptions toward inclusion and its impact on students. The on-site observations indicated that special education students seem integrated and accepted, the aides responded to students' needs as they arose, and inservice training for the aides would have been beneficial. An appendix presents the two attitudinal scales used and the results of the analysis. (DB)

Descriptors: Attitudes, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Staff Role, Teacher Aides, Teacher Attitudes

Author: Christmas, Oren L.


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