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ERIC Number: ED455282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 20
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Functional Independence Measures for Students with Disabilities: Review of Issues and Methods.
Wilczenski, Felicia L.; Bontrager, Terry; Ferguson, Tammi
This review highlights issues in functional independence measurement and describes educationally-based functional independence measures applicable to students with disabilities. Increasing inclusion of students with disabilities in general education settings has resulted in a need for assessments to identify students' capabilities to meet the functional as well as academic demands of school. Students with disabilities often have difficulties at school because of physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional impairments that interfere with their ability to participate fully in learning activities. Specific norm-referenced and criterion-referenced instruments are reviewed for their usefulness in describing functional independence and functional challenges across educational settings. If the promise of legislative policies and school programs for students with disabilities is to be fulfilled, measures are needed to evaluate the functional impact of disabilities as well as the impact of educational curricula. (Contains 1 table and 29 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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