ERIC Number: ED229958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Learning Disabilities at the Crossroads.
The author reviews developments in the field of learning disabilities (LD). She traces the emergence of three models or perspectives of the causes and cures of LD: the psychological process model, the behavioral model, and the holistic model, which the author suggests is the model for the 1990's. Trends leading to acceptance of each model are cited, as are each model's basic assumptions. Flaws in the behavioral approach are cited, and the author contends that despite its apparent success, the model promotes synthetic skills rather than real ones. She describes the holistic model which has several basic assumptions, including that the LD student approaches academic tasks passively and lacks motivation and expertise in traditional school subjects. She suggests that students' strengths and interests must be capitalized on, and different learning rates and content accepted. (CL)
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, History, Learning Disabilities, Models, Trend Analysis
Claremont Graduate School, Education Dept, Claremont, CA 91711 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Claremont Reading Conference (49th Claremont, CA, January 14-15, 1982).