ERIC Number: ED133599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Procedures for Teaching Vocational Concepts to Special Needs Students. Final Report.
Hull, Marc E.; And Others
This final report describes a project which developed and examined an instructional paradigm and instructional materials for teaching vocational and prevocational curriculum-based concepts to special needs students. The literature is reviewed concerning student characteristics, the learning situation, and concept characteristics as they affect learning. Research studies on concept learning by the mentally retarded are also reviewed. Several models for teaching concepts are described and the findings of several studies dealing with specific strategies for improvement of concept teaching are summarized. The experimental procedures for the series of substudies conducted by the project are described, which included development of the instructional lesson; development of the instructional materials--line and detailed drawings, photographs, transparencies, photograms, objects, programmed booklets, and audio scripts; development of the dependent measure; selection of the participating schools; and the research designs for the five substudies. Findings are reported as performance differences among four student groups and as effects on learning of speech rates, technical terms, various visual presentation modes, group size, pupil-teacher rapport, and individualized versus group instruction considering the student characteristics of sex, group, reading and math ability, vocational interest, spatial relationship and form perception ability, and finger dexterity. (NJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Occupational Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Coll. of Education.