ERIC Number: ED030991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
A Summer School Outdoor Educational Program for Culturally Disadvantaged Educable Mentally Retarded Children. Status Report.
Brown, Louis F.; Andrews, James B.
Fourteen culturally deprived educable mentally handicapped children (ages 126 to 168 months, IQ's 52 to 86) participated in a 7-week project to determine the effectiveness of correlating classroom instruction with camping and outdoor educational activities. The subjects were first tested for current knowledge and attitudes about science, recreational camping, and themselves; they also received instruction in in homemaking, science, and camping. Then the subjects practiced on campsite what they had learned in the classroom. Finally they were evaluated by the same instruments as earlier and were given opportunity to react to the camping experience. It was concluded that the activities offered will not replace those of physical education programs and that the experiences gained and the subjects' ease in verbalizing seemed to enhance their self concept and family status. A significant change in the positive direction was noted in the subjects' concept of the magnitude of their problems in reading, health, and personal adjustment; their knowledge of natural science also showed a significant gain. No significant changes occurred in group status, although there was some shifting of children in the middle of the sociogrametric region. Recreational activity preferences were altered, although not significantly in favor of those offered. (JD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Camping, Disadvantaged Youth, Exceptional Child Research, Homemaking Skills, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Recreational Programs, Science Instruction, Self Concept, Sociometric Techniques, Student Evaluation, Summer Programs, Tests
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.