ERIC Number: ED399730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-25
Reference Count: N/A
Utilizing Alternative Assessment Techniques with Physically Impaired Students To Increase Work Completion and Improve Work Quality.
Thomas, Traci L.
This paper describes a practicum project that involved teaching 14 students (ages 8 through 13) with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy) to plan, organize, and complete projects and assignments independently. The paper explains the low expectations for the students and the students' lack of experience in planning and evaluating their work or the work of others. The interventions used by the teacher are described. They include: (1) preparing students for working in the mainstream by giving them experience in developing rubrics to help organize and evaluate their work; (2) developing authentic activities designed to engage the students in real-life situations; and (3) giving students the experience and tools necessary for accomplishing projects independently. A review of the literature on alternative assessment, work quality, and rubrics is provided. Among project outcomes reported are the following: an increase in the percentage of completed projects; a decrease in the number of recorded disruptive behavior incidents; and an increase in the positive attitude of students toward completing projects. Appendices include measures used in the practicum and sample rubrics developed. (Contains 13 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Assessment, Behavior Change, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Homework, Intervention, Organization, Outcomes of Treatment, Performance Based Assessment, Physical Disabilities, Self Management, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Student Projects
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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