ERIC Number: ED368090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Communicative Contexts: An Australian Study.
Arthur, Michael; Butterfield, Nancy
This paper reports on a statewide project in New South Wales, Australia, in which 241 teachers of students with moderate or severe disabilities responded to a survey concerning their needs and concerns in the area of communication interventions. A large number of teachers expressed a need for support in assessment, programming, and instructional practices. Twenty-two percent of respondents requested speech pathology services. A conceptual framework for intervention is explored, stressing an interactive and multi-level approach to the functions, forms and social aspects of the communication process. An instruction manual for this framework is introduced and discussed in terms of its basis in both the identified concerns and needs of practitioners working in the field and the directions evident in empirical literature. This manual is intended to serve as a stimulus to change in the ecology of learning environments, program design and implementation. The manual's individual sections address the following areas: (1) assessment, (2) programming, (3) instruction, (4) development from pre-intentional to intentional communication skills, (5) development from intentional to symbolic communication skills, and (6) extension of symbolic communication skills. (Contains 30 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (Chicago, IL, November 4-6, 1993).