ERIC Number: ED157249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Social Learning Curriculum for Junior and Senior High School EMRs: A Working Paper.
The paper describes the rationale and development of a social learning curriculum for secondary level educable mentally retarded (EMR) students. Chapter I provides an historical perspective with a review of research covering such areas as the effectiveness of vocational programs, the employment potential of the mentally retarded, and work adjustment of the retarded. Background information to the Problem-Oriented Social Vocational Adaptation Program (POSVAP) is provided in a second chapter which outlines the model on which the curriculum is based. It is noted in Chapter III that 600 "problems at maturity" reported by professionals working with adult retardates were analyzed as part of the curriculum planning process. Described in Chapter IV are the problem-solving teaching techniques incorporated in the social learning curriculum and POSVAP. The pros and cons of various delivery systems are considered in Chapter V, and it is pointed out that the secondary-level curriculum is based on the premise that optimum learning takes place when there is a need for the learner to solve a problem, and that the most meaningful and interesting learning occurs when and where the problem arises. A final chapter reviews the results of two questionnaire surveys to obtain information about the current status of special education for secondary EMR students and to determine what attitudes and practices existed which would prove to be barriers to the POSVAP. Among appended materials are results of a survey of 376 school districts regarding secondary education programs for the mentally retarded. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Curriculum Research and Development Center in Mental Retardation.
Note: For related information, see EC 110 779-782 ; Some pages may be marginally legible due to print quality of the document