ERIC Number: ED239469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Heuristic Methods for the Mildly Handicapped: Research Report and Manual for Teaching Language Arts and Reading. Final Report.
Kitano, Margie; And Others
The report discusses the nature and effectiveness, with mildly handicapped students, of the heuristic approach, an alternative to the behavioral technique that promotes opportunities for the child to explore materials and take an active role in problem solving. Theoretical support for the approach is cited for use with learning disabled and mildly retarded students. Two studies are reported, involving learning disabled and educable mentally handicapped elementary students. Findings support the use of heuristic methods as an alternative approach in language arts instruction for mildly handicapped students. The heuristic method is seen as one way to broaden the repertoire of special education teachers. Approximately one-half of the document is composed of heuristic lessons keyed to objectives in the Brigance Diagnostic Inventory of Basic Skills for the following areas (sample subtopics in parentheses): reading readiness skills (letter recognition, knowledge of body parts); word recognition (sight words, abbreviations, contractions, common signs); word analysis (initial consonant sounds, rhyming words); oral reading and comprehension; and language arts (capitalization, punctuation, spelling). (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Dept. of Educational Specialties.