ERIC Number: ED203082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
KHAN DU! II. Final Project Performance Report, November 1, 1978-September 30, 1979.
KLRN/KLRU-TV, Austin, TX.
This KHAN DU! project produced four half-hour television programs in the area of career education with emphasis on the handicapped, plus an extra nonbroadcast program designed for teachers. The four-program series was designed for children aged eight to eleven, although older children have responded favorably. The goals of the series were (1) to improve awareness and attitudes of all viewers toward handicapped persons; (2) to improve the self-esteem of children with disabilities; and (3) to promote career awareness, using adults with various disabilities as role models. Each program features a child with a specific disability who gests involved with a trio of magical characters. Khan Du is an apprentice wizard from a magic cage whose expeditions to the real world turn up some unusual people and real problems with very unmagical solutions. The program storylines combine actors with nonactors and special education concepts with career awareness. Specific disabilities treated in the program include orthopedic disabilities, learning disabilities, deafness, and visual impairment. Evaluation results from testing more than 1,000 children indicate that the audience that benefits most significantly from KHAN DU! is not the handicapped. Results show that certain indicators of self-esteem among children with disabilities may be higher after viewing but not significantly so. Very measurable and significant improvements in attitude measures toward the handicapped were found among the nonhandicapped, and the overall audience showed much higher opinions of the abilities of handicapped persons. The series will be broadcast by the Public Broadcasting System. Cassette tapes and a teacher's guide will be available. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Career Awareness, Career Education, Childrens Television, Disabilities, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Exceptional Persons, Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Normalization (Handicapped), Physical Disabilities, Program Effectiveness, Programing (Broadcast), Special Education, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: KLRN/KLRU-TV, Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1974