ERIC Number: ED181992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Learning Clinic Where All Participants Learn.
Bergman, Irwin B.
Queensborough Community College (New York) is pilot-testing a learning clinic which, through the use of a multi-disciplinary faculty team, provides psycho-educational diagnosis to area youths with learning problems at no charge. The faculty team consists of individuals from the college's counseling, basic skills, and speech departments, along with a college physician, a secretary, the center coordinator, and the dean of instruction. Referrals to the clinic, emanating from local schools and other sources, are channeled to the clinic coordinator who then assigns faculty members to the case. Typically, the clinic's procedures involve the following steps: (1) elicit information about the youngster from his school using a specifically designed questionnaire; (2) interview the student and his/her parents separately and then together; (3) provide psychological testing and a physical examination; and (4) conduct a case conference during which specific recommendations are reached and passed on to the family. Despite disadvantages, including potential legal problems and instances where the diagnosis uncovers problems too difficult for the clinic to handle, experience with the clinic has shown that it provides a needed community service and, at the same time, affords the faculty professional development opportunities. The study report includes the questionnaire and descriptions of some of the clinic's cases. (JP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Community Colleges, Community Services, Educational Diagnosis, Faculty Development, Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Legal Problems, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Psychoeducational Clinics, Psychological Testing, Questionnaires, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges, Urban Youth, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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