ERIC Number: ED079910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Strategies in the Classroom: A Summer Remedial Program for Young Handicapped Children. Occasional Paper #14.
Riegel, R. Hunt; Taylor, Arthur M.
Reported are development, implementation and results of a 6 week summer training program in 1972 (funded through Title I) for 120 underachieving educable mentally handicapped children, 6 to 13 years of age, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Emphasized are learning processes and learning strategies in the daily instructional skills related to reading, arithmetic, functional vocabulary acquisition, and strategy training. Inservice training is reported as continuous, with instruction in the classroom led by five previously trained teachers. Described are instructional objectives, specific instructional approaches, and evaluation procedures (such as Stanford Achievement Tests, staff developed tests, and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test). Reported are results which show that children who completed 5 of 6 weeks achieved a gain of 1.57 months in reading, 1.98 months in arithmetic, and 4 months in vocabulary. Findings also describe most of the children as able to discover meaningful relations between categorically presented materials and a significant increase in percentage of children who used their grouping skills with good use of memory (mnemonic effect). The discussion centers on fallout from the program, such as procedures for integrating a processing approach to learning with curricular materials, effects of training children to generate stories and/or pictures for associating noncategorized stimuli, and new approaches to research and development. Touched upon briefly are such program limitations as insufficient time for teacher observational feedback. (MC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research, Development, and Demonstration Center in Education of Handicapped Children.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)