ERIC Number: ED223264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
Columbo in the Classroom: An LD [Learning Disability] Experience in the Community College Setting.
Matuskey, Patricia Varan; Losiewicz, Joan Michele
Guidelines are provided for faculty working with learning disabled (LD) students in the community college. After introductory material, the LD student is described as an individual of average or above average intelligence who demonstrates a significant discrepancy between intelligence and performance level because of problems in taking in, organizing, remembering, and expressing information. Several behavioral characteristics of LD students are then enumerated, such as their difficulty in following multiple-step directions and inability to work independently. Sources of on-campus assistance are also suggested, including assessment centers, instructional resource facilities, and vocational rehabilitation or career counselors. Finally, a chart identifies specific learning problems, indicates what teachers should do to address them, and suggests appropriate instructional strategies. For example, it is recommended that in response to students' low reading level, teachers should focus on materials with low readability and high interest levels, using, for instance, rewritten technical materials, visual demonstrations, and peer reading. Among the other problems discussed are slow reading, short attention span, poor oral communication, difficulties with abstract ideas, slowness to grasp generalizations and solve problems, inability to make decisions, differences in time perception, poor visual perception, poor motor skills, organizational difficulties, dependency on one or two particular individuals, failure identity, and poor motivation. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (32nd, St. Petersburg, FL, November 11-14, 1981).