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ERIC Number: ED089518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jan-15
Pages: 48
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The Engineered Adjustment Classroom.
Spilker, George
Described are the curriculum, behavioral modification program, summer activities, and parent involvement in the Papillion (Nebraska) Title III elementary level "engineered classroom" program for emotionally disturbed students. Noted is program initiation after parents and teachers became upset over poor academic progress and behaviors of an increasing number of children. Development of such a program is said to involve analysis, staff dedication, high cost, a low student-staff ratio, lengthy inservice teacher training, and parental cooperation. The curriculum is discussed in relation to individualization in reading (using aids such as programed reading, phonics, and games) and mathematics (using aids such as Continental Press materials and drills). Behavioral modification is seen to comprise observation, selection of trategies, use of positive and negative reinforcement, and intervention procedures ranging from a shortened assignment through change of media (such as writing with a crayon), to removal of the child from school. Focused on is the summer program designed to maintain the structured environment and provide activities such as math games, reading games and field trips without academic pressure. Given as an example of approaches used to interest summer students is an animal unit which included activities in the following areas: poetry, music, books, art, math, reading, and science. Noted is a science activity which requires a student to observe worms and act like a worm. Among approaches to parent education cited are a weekly phone conference, group parent sessions, and five parent teacher conferences per year. The following are among included forms: a child referral form, a classroom schedule behavior rating scales, a teacher conference report, and a parent questionnaire. (MC)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Papillion Public Schools, NE.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III