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ERIC Number: ED289974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 11
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A Call for Curricular Change: Bridging the Gap between School and Community Living.
Manzone, Christine
The ability of the special education student to make a smooth transition into the adult world depends upon a number of criteria, beginning with the support and assistance of family, friends, and school personnel. An appropriate curriculum for high school students with mild disabilities should accomplish the same goal as one designed for all high school students: to prepare them to exit high school with the fundamental skills for becoming independent, contributing members of their communities. In order to accommodate students with developmental disabilities, changes should be made in four areas of the curriculum: (1) basic knowledge and skills such as reading, computation, and study skills; (2) academic knowledge and skills such as literature, chemistry, and history; (3) occupational knowledge and skills such as job finding and work experience; and (4) independent living knowledge and skills such as budgeting, home management, and social skills. In order to have more time to spend on basic, occupational, and independent living skills, developmentally disabled students may have to spend less time on academic subjects. School systems need to address these areas more closely by having their curriculum meet the needs of their students. By careful reorganization of the curriculum, the gap between school and adult life may be diminished. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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