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Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychology professors recently have begun work on a major research project coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The project is designed to study the effects of the inclusion of special education students in general classrooms. The project aims to assess the impact inclusion has on the children with disabilities as well as on the other students in the classroom and the teachers.
Dr. William Frankenberger, professor of psychology, and Dr. Allen Keniston, assistant professor of psychology, have been funded by the DPI to work as statistical consultants on the project. According to Frankenberger, this job includes collecting and analyzing large amounts of data, preparing summaries of the results, assisting with presentations, and developing manuscripts for publication.
Three UW-Eau Claire students will be working with Frankenberger and Keniston on the project during the school year, but they have not been selected yet. Frankenberger said he hopes to recruit students from his advanced statistics course next fall for the positions. The DPI is providing $2,000 to $3,000 for student involvement in the project.
"We are assisting with a very large research project," Frankenberger said. "This is a collaboration among nine school districts across the state of Wisconsin, the DPI and UW-Eau Claire."
The project is expected to continue through the academic year. The research is scheduled to be presented at a conference in Oshkosh in February 2001.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 24, 2000