ERIC Number: ED075967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Educators in an In-Service Program in Learning Disabilities.
Sanders, Jean E.
Presented is a model for the design of inservice programs for teachers of children with learning disabilities. Experiences at the Merrimack Education Center (Massachusetts) are said to suggest that program development be preceded by assessment of local needs, and agreement on educational goals and teacher roles. The model recommends that inservice teacher education programs be responsive to the following three interacting dimensions: organizational structure, including personnel and role assignments; decision-making competencies expected of the teachers; and the cognitive affective, and psychomotor behaviors evidenced by teachers. Data related to these three dimensions are said to be determined by systematically delineating the competencies required for teaching normal youngsters; determing the special competencies needed to cope with any child who has special problems related to school learning and performance; and defining the special competencies which must be mastered because of the unique characteristics of different handicapping conditions. Various teacher competencies required by special educators are summarized, including, competence in psychoeducational aspects of special education (diagnostic and recording skills), competence in planning, developing, utilizing and evaluating a variety of effective teaching/learning activities and situations; and competence in assisting students to understand and accept their abilities and limitations. (GW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
Note: A field study report presented at A.C.L.D. Convention (March 15, 1973)