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ERIC Number: ED015600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 118
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Reference Count: 0
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COLLEGE PREPARATION FOR BLIND PROSPECTIVE COLLEGE STUDENTS. FINAL REPORT.
MURPHY, J.O.
IN A 3-YEAR STUDY OF THE PERFORMANCE OF BLIND COLLEGE STUDENTS, 53 COLLEGE BOUND SUBJECTS IN THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP (MEAN AGE OF 19 YEARS) RECEIVED A 10-WEEK TRAINING COURSE BEFORE ENTERING COLLEGE. THE COURSE CONSISTED OF A BASIC PROGRAM TO AID BLIND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE THROUGH PERSONAL ADJUSTMENT AND ORIENTATION TRAINING. BASIC TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM WERE CHOSEN FOR THEIR REHABILITATIVE VALUE RATHER THAN FOR ACADEMIC OR VOCATIONAL VALUE. ACTIVITIES INCLUDED INSTRUCTION IN COMMUNICATION SKILLS, MANUAL SKILLS, SOCIAL SKILLS, GROUP ACTIVITY, PERSONAL MANAGEMENT, ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY, AND GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING. THE CONTROL GROUP OF 49 SUBJECTS (MEAN AGE OF 18 YEARS) DID NOT RECEIVE THE COLLEGE PREPARATION TRAINING. THE CONTROL GROUP INCLUDED FEWER SUBJECTS THAN THE TOTALLY BLIND GROUP AND MORE PARTIALLY SIGHTED SUBJECTS. MEAN IQ WAS 119 FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP AND 121 FOR THE CONTROL GROUP. FOLLOWUP DATA WERE COLLECTED ON BOTH GROUPS FROM CASEWORK FILES AND PERSONAL INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS AND COLLEGE STAFF PERSONNEL. SEVENTY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES LOCATED IN 20 STATES WERE INVOLVED. COMPARISONS MADE INCLUDED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, MANNERISMS, ADAPTATIONS, NOTETAKING, METHODS OF TAKING EXAMINATIONS, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, READING, CLASS PARTICIPATION, EFFECT OF VISUAL AIDS, LABORATORY COURSES, LIBRARY USAGE, MOBILITY, SOCIAL PERFORMANCE AND ADJUSTMENT, FACULTY ACCEPTANCE, AND COMPARISON WITH OTHER HANDICAPPED STUDENTS. RESULTS INDICATED THAT THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP WAS SUPERIOR IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, THAT ITS MEMBERS CONTINUED COLLEGE ATTENDANCE LONGER, AND THAT ON THE AVERAGE FEWER SEMESTERS WERE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE WORK FOR COLLEGE GRADUATION. SUGGESTIONS BY COLLEGE STAFF PERSONNEL AND STUDENTS CONCERNING ADDITIONAL PREPARATION NEEDED BY BLIND STUDENTS ARE PRESENTED. ADDITIONAL FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE PROGRAM PLANNING ARE INCLUDED. TABLES AND GRAPHS ACCOMPANY THE TEXT. (KH)
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Authoring Institution: Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind, Inc., Little Rock.
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