ERIC Number: ED098773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul-14
Reference Count: N/A
Zoo Project for Handicapped Children. Final Project Report.
San Diego Unified School District, CA.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Planning and Development.
Presented is the final report (1971-72) of San Diego's Zoo Project for Handicapped Children, designed to increase the language arts skills of 870 trainable or educable mentally handicapped or educationally handicapped children through the use of animals as motivating devices. The program included a teacher training program enabling teachers to make full use of the zoo experience, an in-zoo program which utilized the zoo setting and animals, an in-school program in which the project coordinator took animals to classrooms; and an evaluation phase. The report contains statistical data on such program features as staff development and project products (a handbook of materials, techniques, and procedures); a program narrative report which analyzes such facets of the program as its historical background, parent community involvement, and evaluation procedures; and a final evaluator's report. Among project findings are data showing measurable improvement in language skills of participating students, although arbitrarily set percentage goals were not reached in many instances; and teacher reports of unexpected gains in behavior that included improved social interaction and increased self-image and confidence. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego Unified School District, CA.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Planning and Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III