ERIC Number: ED026780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct-28
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The Preparation of Teachers of Brain-Injured Children. Syracuse University Special Education and Rehabilitation Monograph Series 8.
Cruickshank, William M.; And Others
To prepare teachers to work with brain injured and hyperactive children, a training program leading to a master's degree was developed. Forty-seven teachers, chosen by their school systems, took both foundation and specialization courses and participated in a seminar which included study of theories and methods, collateral reading, projects, preparation of pre-academic materials, and activities related directly to children. Teachers also participated in staff meetings, the administrators' seminar, and field experiences. A demonstration class of eight boys (aged 7 to 13) served as a focal point for discussion; room modification and teaching methods followed the concepts of Strauss and Lehtinen. Followup studies were done of all teacher graduates: 33 were employed to teach brain injured children and seven to teach the emotionally disturbed. Beyond familiarity with similar concepts and knowledge of certain materials and skills, there were major differences in the way the teachers used their training. Previous training and experience, personality, reasonable disagreement, and attitude of the local school system were factors influencing adoption of the suggested methods. Results indicated that local school systems should be more basically involved in the training process. (RP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Controlled Environment, Course Organization, Curriculum, Demonstration Programs, Exceptional Child Research, Followup Studies, Graduate Study, Learning Disabilities, Masters Degrees, Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Perceptual Handicaps, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Syracuse University Press, Box 8, University Station, Syracuse, New York 13210 ($6.50).
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Syracuse Univ., NY.
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