ERIC Number: ED075964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Basic Life Functions Instructional Program Model. Field Copy.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. for Handicapped Children.
Presented is a model, designed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, for development of an instructional program in basic living skills for trainable mentally retarded children (2- to 20-years-old). The model identifies the following instructional goals: to communicate ideas, to understand one's self and interact with others, to travel, to function in one's physical environment, to keep healthy, to live safely, to contribute to one's financial maintenance, to assist in homemaking, to appreciate material values, to make use of leisure time, to appreciate and create beauty, and to be a reliable citizen. Described are three dimensions of instructional programing; selection of knowledge and skills to be taught; sequencing curriculum according to chronological age, mental age, maturity, prerequisite skills, needs, and societal demands; and organization of a format for integrating the content, resources, and processes of instruction. It is recommended that instructional goals be stated on a variety of increasingly specific levels: instructional goal (learn to keep healthy), content area (develop dressing skills), curriculum item (buttons), and developmental level. The model proposes that the curriculum guide provide a skills description (grasp buttonhole with one hand, push button into buttonhole, pull button through buttonhole); a list of prerequisite skills, and a list of activities and resources to assist teachers with each curriculum item. Curriculum guide is also intended to include functional assessment instruments to aid the teacher in programing and in recordkeeping. (GW)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. for Handicapped Children.