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Copeland, Susan R.; Cosbey, Joanna – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
Research strongly supports including students with extensive support needs in general education settings and providing them access to the general curriculum. Yet, there is limited research indicating how to provide them authentic access to this curriculum. This article explores several instructional approaches to provide access including (a) use…
Descriptors: General Education, Severe Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Delano, Monica E.; Keefe, Liz; Perner, Darlene – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
All teacher preparation programs face serious challenges; however, programs that prepare teachers to work with students with extensive support needs face additional, unique challenges in preparing professionals to facilitate their students' development of functional skills and to ensure their access to the general education curriculum. The purpose…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Teacher Education Programs, Course Content
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Ward, Theresa – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
In the late 1960s and 1970s, the author was falsely labeled as a student with mental retardation, a label that controlled her educational experience for 8 years. In the early 1980s, she completed traditional university licensure programs to become both a general and a special education teacher. In this article, the author provides the perspective…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Mental Retardation, Educational Experience, Special Education
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Dymond, Stacy K.; Renzaglia, Adelle; Gilson, Christie L.; Slagor, Michael T. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2007
The term "access to the general curriculum" is widely used in the field of special education, yet little is known about how practitioners are interpreting the term for high school students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD). In this study, general and special educators in one high school were interviewed to determine their…
Descriptors: High School Students, Moderate Mental Retardation, Severe Mental Retardation, Special Education Teachers
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Carter, Erik W.; Kennedy, Craig H. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2006
Promoting access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities has emerged as a central theme of recent legislative and policy initiatives. Ensuring that students with severe disabilities benefit fully from the myriad learning and social opportunities available through the general curriculum remains an important challenge, particularly…
Descriptors: Intervention, Severe Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Inclusive Schools
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Dymond, Stacy K.; Renzaglia, Adelle; Rosenstein, Amy; Chun, Eul Jung; Banks, Ronald A.; Niswander, Vicki; Gilson, Christie L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2006
Case study methodology was used in combination with a participatory action research (PAR) approach to examine the process of redesigning one high school science course to incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and to promote access to the general curriculum. The participants included one general education teacher and two…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Access to Education, Student Participation, Learning Theories
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Carter, Erik W.; Cushing, Lisa S.; Clark, Nitasha M.; Kennedy, Craig H. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2005
Peer support interventions are emerging as an effective alternative to traditional paraprofessional models for assisting students with moderate to severe disabilities to access the general curriculum. To contribute to the refinement of peer support interventions, we evaluated the impact of altering the number of participating peers on the social…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Learning, Peer Acceptance
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Falvey, Mary A. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
In this article, the author comments on the paramount article "Toward Realization of the Least Restrictive Educational Environments for Severely Handicapped Students" by Brown, Wilcox, Sontag, Vincent, Dodd, and Gruenewald. She states that the article contained amazingly persuasive and logical ideas that guided the dramatic changes in service…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Mainstreaming
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Clark, Nitasha M.; Cushing, Lisa S.; Kennedy, Craig H. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
The authors examined the effects of an intensive onsite technical assistance (IOTA) model on the inclusive practices of special educators. Three special educators received technical assistance that included performance assessments, workshops on inclusive practices, and intensive onsite follow-up support. Inclusive practices were measured using…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Technical Assistance, Special Education Teachers, Informal Assessment
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Brown, Lou; Wilcox, Barbara; Sontag, Edward; Vincent, Betty; Dodd, Nancy; Gruenewald, Lee – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
It is now the responsibility of educators to provide for the education of severely handicapped students in what has been referred to as "the least restrictive educational environment." This paper discusses least restrictive educational environments in relation to segregation versus integration, interactions with nonhandicapped age peers,…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Mainstreaming