ERIC Number: ED185782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Teacher Preparation Program for Teachers of Visually Handicapped/Severely Handicapped Persons. Final Report.
Peabody, Ralph L.
A 3 year project was initiated to develop, implement, and evaluate a program for training personnel to work with visually handicapped/multiply handicapped children. The ecological systems model proposed by N. Hobbs was examined as the primary consideration in the development of the program. Teachers under the project were prepared for roles which included itinerant, resource, and residential teaching of the more normal visually handicapped students (grades kindergarten through 12) as well as working as specialists with profoundly low functioning visually handicapped individuals. Among project accomplishments were a literature search in which professional competencies were generated and reviewed, development of an interdisciplinary team course, and development of a Master's comprehensive examination. An evaluation component was designed to determine the effectiveness to which program graduates are meeting the needs of handicapped children and the degree to which the program facilitates the acquisition of specified competencies. Data gathered from questionnaires administered to students, faculty, and employers formed the basis for program changes and modifications. Appendixes, which make up approximately half the document, include the following: a list of states with job opportunities, a typical plan of studies, a chart of objectives and competencies, a list of tests, and guidelines for practicum. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Special Education and Rehabilitation.