ERIC Number: ED121051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
An Educational Alternative for Special Education.
Sie, Maureen A.; And Others
Described is a 4-year project which provides 3-day outdoor education experiences for orthopedically handicapped, trainable and educable mentally handicapped, hearing impaired, and physically impaired students from 3 to 24 years of age. The following program objectives are described: (1) to improve achievement in regular school subjects, self concepts, interpersonal relationships, and leisure skills; (2) to train special education teachers in outdoor education skills; (3) to test an outdoor education model with handicapped children; and (4) to educate and involve parents of handicapped children. The project is reported to have developed a handbook on outdoor education dealing with daily living skills, arithmetic, science, social studies, language arts, music, and physical education. Results of program evaluation after the third year are reported to show the teacher training component to be highly successful, the learning sessions for the various handicapped groups to meet the stated objectives, and statistically significant gains in basic concepts for the trainables in the experimental group. Appended are an instrument for the teacher workshop on outdoor education, teacher made camp tests for each exceptionality, and instruments to evaluate affective and psychomotor domains. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Intermediate School District, Mount Clemens, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the 1976 meeting of the American Education Research Association (San Francisco, California, Session 28.12)