ERIC Number: ED132779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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Developing and Evaluating Learning Devices for Exceptional Children.
Bartholomew, Robert; Meyer, Bonnie
A research project was conducted to develop and evaluate learning products that will assist exceptional children in learning specific skills. To investigate the learning processes of exceptional children, data was gathered from site visits, interviews, observations, relevant literature, copies of curriculum and evaluation forms for exceptional children, and inquiries to 43 toy and educational equipment manufacturers. Differences in learning processes between normal and exceptional children were examined, and various skill development areas were outlined. A list of desired product attributes (such as simplicity and ease of manipulation) were drawn up as an initial step in product development. Five of the learning devices developed (the visual discrimination puzzle, perceptual development cards, body parts puzzle, number puzzle, and measuring device) were tested with 17 children (5 1/2-13 years old) attending primary and intermediate classes for the trainable mentally retarded. Results indicated that use of each of the learning devices increases Ss ability to perform on these devices as well as to apply the skills and concepts to similar, more practical situations. In addition, performance improvement was maintained over time without further contact with four of the five devices (some forgetting over time did occur with the measuring device). (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. Cortland, NY.
Authoring Institution: Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Ithaca, NY.
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