ERIC Number: ED044850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities and Prescriptive Teaching.
Alonso, Lou; And Others
The recent trend in special education toward individualized teaching based on the diagnosis of specific learning disabilities is reviewed. The concern of educators for emphasis on psychoeducational diagnosis to determine learning and behavioral problems, and their remediation, rather than primarily on classification and categorization along medical lines, is stressed. The role of regional instructional materials centers (IMC) information systems (sponsored by Bureau of Education for the Handicapped) in facilitating this trend is outlined. The Basic Indexing and Retrieval System (BIRS), an automated information system operated by the regional IMC at Michigan State University, is described. Reported is an experiment at that center to test information output. Of 56 learning ability skill terms used on a sample of 696 abstracts (approximately 20% of MSUIMC items) to generate descriptors, 37 generated one or more items to form a concordance. A frequency word analysis was carried out on these 37 terms, on the basis of which it was inferred that much material in the IMC is readily available in abstract form to be retrieved using learning ability terms. (KW)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Regional Instructional Materials Center for Handicapped Children and Youth.