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Breaking the Traditional Model [microform] : A Preservice Preparation Program To Serve Rural Visually Handicapped Learners / James Bickford and Sheldon Maron
Bib ID 5496377
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Bickford, James
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1988 
12 p. 

Portland State University in Oregon has developed a program to train teachers of the visually handicapped in rural settings which emphasizes: (1) close working relationships with parents and community based programs; (2) strong advocacy training for visually impaired and blind learners; (3) excellent outreach and consultive skills to regular classroom teachers, teacher aides and others; (4) ongoing inservice training with parents, teachers and others from allied disciplines; (5) effective community communication; (6) personal and career development counseling. Existing personnel shortages in remote rural areas led to modification of the existing special education teacher preparation program to include a requirement of 8 hours of weekly contact time with a visually handicapped student and an associated seminar; restructuring the class on communicating with parents and paraprofessionals to stress organizing effective parent support groups; modification of the class, "Implications of Vision Problems," and infusion of microcomputer applications in the class, "Clinical Practicum I." Better preparation for providing outreach and consultive services should occur through greater emphasis on child advocacy, student teaching in a rural district, and inservice training of paraprofessionals, teacher aides, and volunteers. (DB)


ERIC Note: In: Alternative Futures for Rural Special Education. Proceedings of the Annual ACRES (American Council on Rural Special Education) National Rural Special Education Conference; see EC 211 005.

Educational level discussed: Elementary Secondary Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Advocacy.  |  Career Education.  |  Counseling.  |  Curriculum Development.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Outreach Programs.  |  Paraprofessional School Personnel.  |  Parent School Relationship.  |  Practicums.  |  Rural Education.  |  School Community Relationship.  |  Student Teachers.  |  Teacher Education.  |  Teacher Shortage.  |  Visual Impairments.  |  Portland State University OR
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Maron, Sheldon, author
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