ERIC Number: ED335816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Mainstreaming Secondary School Students with Visual Impairments. Studies in Education Series, No. 49.
Three studies are presented which explore the perceptions of New Zealand mainstreamed secondary students who are visually impaired and those of their parents and teachers. The three case studies examine services provided by the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind via: (1) advisory/itinerant support within the Auckland metropolitan area; (2) an advisory service within the provinces of Auckland, Northland, Taranaki, Wanganui, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, and Nelson; and (3) a Visual Resource Room attached to Manurewa High School (Auckland). The first three chapters discuss methods of supporting students with visual impairments, issues in mainstreaming, and objectives and scope of the study. The study sought to analyze: the availability and appropriateness of mainstream school placements and support services, back-up resources, materials, and equipment; the range and level of difficulty of subject offerings; appropriateness of teaching strategies, difficulties encountered, and support offered to subject teachers; academic and emotional support available for both students and parents; level of competence required by teachers; meeting the social development needs of students; service improvement; and the future. Appendixes contain copies of the interview forms used with students, parents, cooperating teachers, subject teachers, and visual resource staff. Other appendixes contain a rationale and proposal for a visual resource center. (Approximately 50 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand; Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
Note: The document contains reduced forms and tables in appendices.