ERIC Number: ED086644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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They Think Again ... Summary of an Educational Experiment with Disadvantaged Adolescents.
This experiment, conducted at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel was undertaken to determine if adolescents of impaired cognitive ability caused by social and/or cultural deprivation could be rehabilitated through the use of proper teaching and counseling methods. Counseling for the experimental group of students was done by a social worker whose responsibilities included individual and group contacts with the students and their parents and individual contacts with the teachers. The primary function of the social worker was to maintain a positive attitude toward the program on the part of the students and their families, rather than to assist the families with their material needs. Teachers of the experimental group were specially trained in a) analysis of manifestations of adequate and faulty thinking, b) differential and comparative analysis of normal and disturbed behavior, and c) effective communications with the parents of the children. Of the 30 students who participated during the first year, 80% passed the national matriculation examination while only 10% of the control group competed it successfully. In the second year, 50% of the experimental group received passing grades while only 10% of the control group passed the examination. The author concludes that cognitively impaired adolescents can be rehabilitated through the proper teaching and counseling techniques, although social integration for these youths is much harder to achieve. (HMD)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Learning Problems, Low Ability Students, Low Achievement, Remedial Programs
Dr. Carl Frankenstein, Professor of Special Education, School of Education, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (No price quoted)
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Authoring Institution: Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel).
Identifiers - Location: Israel