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ERIC Number: ED315216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Managing Occupational Therapy in Rural Education: O.T. Student Perceptions of Adaptive Classroom Behaviors.
Dunn, Winnie; Hughes, Paula
This report describes the Managing Occupational Therapy in Rural Education (MORE) a project that is designing a preservice training curriculum for occupational therapy students preparing to work in rural settings. Therapists need to have an understanding of rural school systems, educational aims, philosophy, and the structure of the system itself in order to integrate their services effectively. Students (N=58) at the University of Kansas Medical Center participated in the pilot MORE project. Pre- and post-tests were used to identify students' attitudes and expectations of children's classroom and social behavior, and the changes which occurred as the students acquired more information. One of the measures used was the S.B.S. Inventory of Teacher Social Behavior Standards and Expectations developed by Walker and Rankin (1980). Respondents rated appropriate classroom behaviors as critical, desirable, or unimportant to classroom function. Items were grouped into four content areas: cooperation with teacher and peers, independent work skills, communication skills, and attention ability. In all groupings, students decreased their "unimportant" ratings and increased "critical" ratings. The results suggest that occupational therapy students need to become aware that "ideal" classroom behaviors are not always "critical," and that educational personnel have the responsibility to teach children even if all adaptive behaviors are not intact. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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