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ERIC Number: ED077173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 98
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The Exceptional Child in the Open Middle School.
Fahrney, Louise C., Ed.
Reported are the conclusions of a summer institute of special educators for the purpose of evaluating the appropriateness of the open-middle school for the exceptional child. The study is based on the ideas of architects Michael Bednar and David Haviland, who order exceptionalities along a continuum of intactness of the adaptive mechanism and describe environmental variables in terms of 15 basic environmental conceptualizations such as consistency, privacy, articulation among spaces, movement, and acoustical settings. Presented in chart form by severity of impairment are the intellectual, physical, social/emotional, and vocational characteristics of 10 to 14-year-old handicapped children. A mini-matrix examines the relationship between the program factor of flexibility with the 15 environmental conceptualizations. An observation check sheet is suggested as a means of evaluating whether basic environmental factors conducive to learning for exceptional children exist within a given school. Among the conclusions of the institute participants are the importance of the basic environmental conceptualizations in the effective open middle school and the need for caution in the inclusion of deaf, socially maladjusted, and emotionally disturbed children in the open middle school. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Education for Exceptional Students.