Volume 9, Issue 3 (1980)
Multidisciplinary Decision Making in Special Education: A Review of Issues
Roland K. Yoshida
ABSTRACT: This article reports the results of several interrelated studies of the operation of Planning Teams (PTs) which are now mandated to make special education placement and programming decisions. These studies are based on data collected in 1975-76 when Connecticut was in the early stages of implementing requirements similar to those stated in Public Law 94-142.In general, the results show that school personnel involved in this process should assure that(a) PT members know the responsibilities assigned to the team, (b) PT members know what duties each team member should perform, (c) PT members who attend the team meeting participate in making decisions so that they will be more satisfied with the decisions, and (d)the group clearly assign to program implementers the responsibilities for performing each individualized education program task. Directions for future research are suggested.
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