ERIC Number: ED217962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Report of the California Community College Learning Disabled Programs.
Ostertag, Bruce A.; Baker, Ronald E.
In spring 1982, a study was conducted of the programs and services for learning disabled average (LDA) students offered by California community colleges. The study sought to ascertain program characteristics, the means by which colleges identified adult students with specific learning disabilities, and the assessment tools used. Questionnaires were sent to and received from all 106 California community colleges. The study revealed: (1) 75% of the colleges operated formal LDA programs, while an additional 12% provided informal services; (2) the total LDA population served by these programs was 7,962 students; (3) most colleges used similar means for the identification and diagnosis of LDA students and delivered comparable services; (4) program similarities were evident in intake interviewing, referral procedures and agencies, assessment tools, personnel, counseling, and the availability of learning centers; and (5) individual education plans (IEP's) were maintained for over 98% of the LDA students assisted in formal programs. Study recommendations include the implementation of a defined identification and assessment approach, the development of consistent data-reporting methods, the creation of appropriate IEP's for students, and the adoption of a multi-disciplinary team approach for assessment and delivery of services. Appendices include lists of sites providing formal or informal LDA programs and sites without LDA services, and the survey instrument. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California