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ERIC Number: ED072406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 9
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Computer Simulation: A Method for Training Educational Diagnosticians.
Lerner, Janet W.
Northwestern University's Learning Disabilities Program conducted a study to explore and develop ways of applying computer technology to the fields of reading and learning disabilities and to train specialists who are familiar with computer methods. This study was designed to simulate the actual conditions of the Diagnostic Clinic at Northwestern University. The simulated and computerized child attended the clinic for the same length of time that children actually do attend the diagnostic clinic session; they were subject to similar tests, reports, and observations. The clinic staff met to plan, to develop hypotheses, to make decisions, to develop a diagnosis, and to recommend teaching procedures. At the prestaffing, the team received preliminary information about the child. At the simulated noon staffing, the teams received computer printouts of the morning decisions and planned for two hours of additional diagnostic examinations. At the poststaffing, the teams evaluated the information they had obtained during the simulated sessions and developed a series of diagnostic decisions. The results of this pilot study suggest that computer simulation is a promising technique for the training of specialists in the diagnostic-teaching process. (Author/WR)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Assn. (16th, Atlantic City, April 1971)