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ERIC Number: ED025050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
A Pilot Demonstration of the Application of Educational Television to the In-Service Training Needs of Teachers of the Mentally Retarded. Final Report.
Johnson, Richard A.
The project was developed out of recognition of the gap existing between formal training programs for teachers of the educable retarded and actual classroom teaching. In an attempt to provide meaningful inservice experiences to a large number of both urban and rural special class teachers at minimal per teacher expense, the Minnesota State Department of Education, in cooperation with an educational television station, produced four 30-minute programs which were broadcast at 3:30 p.m. and emphasized teaching for individual differences and behavior management. The programs were filmed in actual classes for the educable mentally retarded. A teacher evaluation form was sent to 315 educable class teachers in Minnesota and Wisconsin within broadcast range; on 11 questions relating to the ability of the programs to convey specific, salient aspects of classroom teaching of the mentally retarded, responses were significantly favorable (p=.05 or p=.01). Recommendations were for continuation of the project over a 2-year period with the production of 30 or more programs, and for procedural, technical, and professional changes which would improve program quality and make possible production at a lower per program expense. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Behavior Change, Broadcast Television, Classroom Techniques, Demonstration Programs, Educational Television, Exceptional Child Research, Individualized Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Mental Retardation, Pilot Projects, Professional Education, Program Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.