ERIC Number: ED346685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Slower Learner: An Advocate's View. Practitioner's Guide Series Number Two.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Texas Dropout Information Clearinghouse.
This guide is intended to provide an overview of advocacy issues relating to slow learners in Texas schools. A summary of the research on characteristics of slower learners and successful instructional strategies for these children are also included. The overview addresses slow learners' lack of eligibility for special education, identification of slow learners, and numbers of slow learners. The next section discusses characteristics of these children including lower learning potential, immaturity, a lack of social skills, concrete thinking style, inability to learn incidentally, trouble in generalizing learning, and difficulty in following directions. Suggestions for working with parents are then offered. The following section presents suggested teaching strategies including utilizing the mixed ability classroom; modifying curriculum, pacing and presentation; considering learning styles; supplementing the textbook; lowering reading levels; highlighting; use of study guides; peer tutoring; learning in cooperative groups; developing study skills; homework; modifying tests; and modifying grading. The concluding section considers effects of educational reform, state requirements for identifying students at risk, and slower learners as students at risk. A compliance statement with the 1964 Civil Rights Act completes the document. (Approximately 100 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, High Risk Students, Parent School Relationship, Referral, Slow Learners, Special Education, State Standards, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($2).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Texas Dropout Information Clearinghouse.
Identifiers - Location: Texas