Volume 22, Issue 1 (1993)
Alternative Instruction in the Regular Classroom: A Case Illustration and Evaluation
Mary Henning-Stout, Deborah A. Lucas
Systematic evaluation of a program providing alternative instruction in general education classrooms is presented. The purpose of this evaluation was to gauge the effectiveness of the program and to expand the empirical foundation of alternative service delivery. The primary features of the program are multidisciplinary team consultation and direct academic intervention in the regular classroom for children at risk for failure. Data were gathered relative to changes in service delivery patterns and the acceptability of the program to teachers. These data indicate that, over time, classroom teachers have increased their requests for consultation to meet the academic needs of their students, that in comparison to other schools the participating school has qualified increasingly fewer children for special education services and that participating teachers have maintained positive attitudes toward the alternative instruction program. These evaluation data provide initial evidence of the program’s success. The program is presented as a potential model for similar efforts in other schools.
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