ERIC Number: ED025079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Project on Recreation and Fitness for the Mentally Retarded.
Hamilton City School District, OH.
All educable (IQ 50 to 75) and trainable (IQ 30 to 50) mentally handicapped and orthopedically handicapped children (16,000) in special education classes in Hamilton, Ohio, participated in a physical education program of vigorous movement and varied indoor and outdoor activities. Two full time instructors, 80 volunteers, and a part time secretary made up the project staff. Five gymnasiums were used and over 3,500 students were taken on outings in the woods. Educable students were tested with a modified version of the Youth Fitness Test and, in general, the curve of the means of each test followed the same curve of the norm although the means were greater. However, there was a large difference in individual performances. In a work training experience, 31 boys over 16 years of age constructed trails and a camping area on a recreational site which resulted in an improvement in community attitude. Physical facilities, materials, and equipment of the work program are described; instructional methods and some specific activities and games used in the physical education program are presented. Teacher and student evaluations of the program were favorable. (SN)
Descriptors: Camping, Community Programs, Exceptional Child Research, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Perceptual Motor Learning, Physical Activities, Physical Disabilities, Physical Education, Physical Education Facilities, Socialization, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Charles E. Merrill Co., 1300 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43216
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hamilton City School District, OH.