ERIC Number: ED231131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Visually Impaired Student in the Regular Classroom.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
The guide provides strategies for regular teachers to use with visually impaired (VI) students in the province of Alberta, Canada. After an introduction, definitions of terms such as "adventitiously blind" are presented. Next addressed are effects of visual impairment on cognitive development, emotional and social aspects, and orientation and mobility. Considered, then, are such aspects of planning and classroom management as safety (including fire drills), the buddy system, course scheduling, ways to obtain and store special materials and equipment, seating of the VI student, orientation of regular students, use of the VI student as a resource, and the VI student's responsibilities. Suggestions are given for meeting educational needs of the VI preschool, Braille-using, and partially sighted student in such areas as visual efficiency, skill development, use of media and aids (e.g., diagrams), physical education, and fine arts. Suggested are approaches to assessment and evaluation including techniques teachers may use to equalize opportunity for VI students taking tests or examinations. Appendixes include a list of seven useful terms, a discussion on Braille, descriptions of special materials and equipment, photographs showing ways VI students see, and a list containing 48 references organized into areas for six categories of users including educators and parents. (MC)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Braille, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Definitions, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Fine Arts, Mainstreaming, Physical Education, Skill Development, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Testing, Visual Aids, Visual Impairments, Visually Handicapped Mobility
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Note: For related documents, see EC 152 504-511.