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ERIC Number: ED358987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Interactive Technology To Teach Rural Social Workers about Special Needs Children and Their Families.
Thurston, Linda P.; And Others
Effective provision of services to disabled rural children and their families requires collaborative effort between special educators and social workers. However, such a collaborative effort is impeded by social workers' lack of knowledge about special education laws and services and about disabled children and their families. A major technological advancement in inservice training of social workers is interactive videodisc-based instruction. The pace of the individualized training is controlled by the student's demonstrated understanding of the material. This technology has the capability of allowing students to simulate the skills learned by interacting with the video image. Branching allows remediation of incorrect responses and provides for choices of relevant information, topics, and examples. Comprehensive tests assess overall understanding and skill level and students are reinstructed in those areas in which their understanding or application is low. Video-based instruction combines two inexpensive, off-the-shelf technologies: the desktop microcomputer and the videodisc player. Interactive videodisc-based instruction is being used in a curriculum development project being developed jointly by the Social Work Program and the Department of Special Education at Kansas State University. The curriculum will provide inservice training for rural social workers that covers child development, special education laws, assessment, and family and community factors. (LP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A