ERIC Number: ED202185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Handicapism and Equal Opportunity: Teaching about the Disabled in Social Studies.
Shaver, James P.; Curtis, Charles K.
The reference text is designed to help junior and senior high school teachers to integrate teaching about the handicapped into their social studies curriculum. An initial chapter distinguishes between handicaps and disabilities. Chapter 2 gives the major reasons for including handicapism in the social study curriculum: to understand the potential effects of handicapped people on the handicapped themselves and on the nonhandicapped, and to provide a basis for future citizen decision making. The next two chapters reveiw stereotypes and attitudes toward the handicapped and suggest simulation activities to encourage greater understanding of specific handicaps. Fifteen student projects are suggested, including making photo essays on the disabled and writing biographies of disabled persons in the community. Using community resource people is the subject of Chapter 6, while Chapter 7 focuses on obstacles to independent living in the community. Examples of relevant aspects of study in anthropology, economics, government and civics, psychology, history, and sociology are considered. Social issues regarding employment, education, health, public facilities, family, and housing are noted, as well as an approach for studying such issues. The final chapter presents an approach to evaluating student attitudes and knowledge regarding handicapped persons. (CL)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Community Resources, Disabilities, Learning Activities, Secondary Education, Simulation, Social Bias, Social Problems, Social Studies, Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Foundation for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($6.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Shell Companies Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.