ERIC Number: ED311624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Therapeutic Academics for Behaviorally Disordered Adolescents: Content Selection and Instructional Guidelines.
Graham, Marilyn Troth
Curriculum content for adolescents with behavioral disorders should emphasize academic learning as well as social and behavioral skill development. "Therapeutic academics" is proposed as a process of teaching academics that is therapeutic in its systematic focus on the behavioral and social needs of students. A therapeutic academic curriculum should first focus on and reinforce improvements in academic performance; in this way both academics and conduct improve. Social skills training should have a priority equal to academic instruction. A "Therapeutic Academic Curriculum Evaluation" checklist is presented to assist teachers in planning daily therapeutic activities in conjunction with academic learning. The checklist monitors 10 curriculum components: motivation to learn; relevancy; reasonable guarantee of successful content mastery; opportunity to develop positive self-concept; opportunity to take personal responsibility for the learning task; opportunity to develop organizational and study skills; opportunity to develop skill in self-instruction, self-evaluation, and self-reinforcement; opportunity for involvement and investment in group processes; opportunity to develop communication and social skills; and opportunity to develop self-control of observable behaviors. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 3-7, 1989).