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ERIC Number: EJ1114537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Contradictory Instruction of Orientation and Mobility within Virginia's Schools
Kircher-Herring, Valery
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v109 n5 p396-401 Sep-Oct 2015
Fazzi and Petersmeyer, in their book "Imagining the Possibilities: Creative Approaches to Orientation and Mobility Instruction for Persons Who Are Visually Impaired," stated that the "most effective teaching is always a combination of art and science" (Fazzi & Petersmeyer, 2001, p. ix). The "science" of instruction may include the best practice instructional techniques, and the "art" may include creative approaches to teaching in different environments. In Virginia, instruction varies in off-campus communities; several smaller school districts allow off-campus instruction, whereas other, larger school districts prohibit it. This Practice Perspective discusses the outcome of a survey that was sent to all orientation and mobility (O&M) instructors in Virginia school districts about their experiences with community-based instruction. In particular, the author was interested in whether those surveyed were allowed to instruct in communities and wanted to explore the ramifications of such instruction in regard to policy and professional practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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