ERIC Number: ED092108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Training Primary EMH Children to Use an Automated Student Response System (SRS). Research Report No. 741.
In the development of a model for evaluating media for the handicapped, it is found that mere recognition of numbers is not sufficient preparation for training primary level educable mentally retarded (EMR) children to respond meaningfully via an automated response system. This study, based on the findings of a previous investigation, attempted to demonstrate a method for training young children to respond to test items presented in an automated system. The study consisted of four phases: (1) initial training, (2) first film, (3) pilot group, and (4) other groups. The results of the study suggest that, by adapting the materials and question items used to the capabilities of the subjects (i.e., by dealing only with simple and concrete information), primary grade EMR children can benefit from the content of primary level films with a minimum of assistance. Furthermore, it is suggested that there exists a need for more careful consideration of: (1) the appropriateness of films, (2) the format of question items, and (3) the possible benefit of more frequent training sessions and/or cooperation within the classroom so that learning can be reinforced, transferred to new situations, and practiced. The appendix describes the training material used in the experiment. (Author/WCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Media Services and Captioned Films Branch.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse City School District, NY.