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ERIC Number: ED210867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Biology Education for Handicapped Students.
Thompson, Adell
The paper discusses the provision of biology education to handicapped students in terms of teacher preparation, student instructional materials, and existing science programs. Among the programs available for the teacher who wants to teach science to handicapped students are NUSTEP (Nebraska University Secondary Teacher Education Project) and American University's Development Techniques in Teaching Laboratory Science to Blind, Deaf, and Emotionally Disturbed Children. Literature reveals a number of barriers to science education for the handicapped, including low teacher expectation, negative societal expectations and personal aspirations, and lack of role models. There are three commercially available science programs for elementary level handicapped students--Adapting Science Materials for the Blind, Science Activities for the Visually Impaired, and ME NOW for the educable mentally retarded. Some examples of activities include identifying examples of plant and animal adaptations favorable to food gathering and protection in different surroundings, identifying examples of adaptations that provide protection from being killed and eaten, and identifying examples of how humans have changed their surroundings to provide food and protection. Listed among 15 suggestions useful for teachers of science to successfully motivate and challenge students are given the child tasks in which he can be successful in completing, let the child know that it is alright to make mistakes while participating in science activities and doing experiments, and make use of peer tutoring. (SB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A