ERIC Number: ED234547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
A College Professor as a Reluctant Learner: Facing Up to the Learning Disabled. Alternative Techniques for Teaching English Composition to Learning Disabled Students in the University.
A college professor of English involved with the HELDS project, Higher Education for Learning Disabled Students, describes his own reluctance in accommodating learning disabled students in his classroom. He mentions his discovery that some students have difficulty in dealing with conventional print in textbooks, and that typographic changes and use of a tinted overlay sheet can reduce print distortions. Techniques are described which allow students to use other learning modalities, and the importance of a detailed syllabus for allowing students to plan their time in advance is stressed. He notes that once professors realize that the unique needs of learning disabled students legitimize the need for adaptations, the professors' reluctance will dissipate. He also cites the value of willingness to try alternative approaches and time schedules to allow learning disabled students to perform at their best. Appended are a list of characteristics of adults with learning disabilities and a sample course syllabus and class log. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Central Washington Univ., Ellensburg. Instructional Media Center.