ERIC Number: ED109305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Music as an Educational Tool for the Mentally Handicapped ABE Student.
The demonstration project report describes a successful adult basic education program in music as a device for expanding the learning potential of the emotionally disturbed and mentally deficient residents of the Woodbury (Iowa) County Home. Background information on the project and a description of its progress, including the need for consultants, tools, and aides, are presented. Highlights of the project were performances for guests. The Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) and the Hospital Adjustment Scale (HAS), though somewhat unsuitable for the project, were chosen as measurement instruments to be administered to determine quantitative improvement. Results of the HAS ranking indicate the music activities did not influence scores in communications and relations with others, nor in care of self and social responsibility. Improvements were noted in work activities and recreation and overall hospital adjustment scores. The WRAT results indicated no difference in treatment groups in reading, spelling, and arithmetic. Summary statements by program personnel describe the music activities and their beneficial aspects for the Home's residents. Nearly three-quarters of the document consists of appendixes providing a pictorial review and detailed progress reports submitted weekly by the two teachers from September, 1971, to June, 1973. (NH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Iowa Tech, Sioux City.