ERIC Number: ED235621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Special Needs in Education (E241): Psychology and Special Education, Unit 12.
One of a series of booklets designed for use in an Open University Course on the education of handicapped students in Great Britain, the booklet examines the application of psychology to special education. Origins of educational psychology are traced, as are the beginnings of psychology's relationship with special education. The author asserts that psychology has been influenced by political factors within local districts as well as by predominating theories such as psychoanalysis. Applications of two major branches of psychology (behavior modification and child development) are considered, with emphasis on the problems of applying these ideas to teaching. Examples of both principles at work are given, and the influences of each upon special education practice are noted. The importance of teaching skills in the natural setting is stressed. Activities and readings are suggested throughout. (CL)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Child Development, Course Content, Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Educational Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Psychology, Special Education
Open University Educational Enterprises, Ltd., 12 Cofferidge Close, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1BY England (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England).
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: For other course components, see EC 160 461-477.