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ERIC Number: EJ744463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0899-1510
Implementing the Expanded Core Curriculum in Specialized Schools for the Blind
Lohmeier, Keri L.
RE:view: Rehabilitation Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, v37 n3 p126-133 Fall 2005
Historically, specialized schools for the blind were the only options for educational programming available to students with visual impairments. Throughout the 19th century and into the mid-20th century, the instruction in specialized schools consisted primarily of the core curriculum or academic areas (Zebehazy & Whitten, 1998). Current research suggests that specialized schools should provide instruction in both academic and specialized skill areas. The eight specialized skill areas identified within the expanded core curriculum are compensatory academics, social development, recreation and leisure, independent living skills, orientation and mobility, technology, career development, and visual efficiency (Hatlen, 1996). Sighted individuals learn these life skills incidentally and through modeling, but students who are blind or visually impaired have little or no opportunity to acquire them through that kind of learning. This study examined whether specialized schools for students who are blind or visually impaired in the United States are including the eight areas of the expanded core curriculum in their instructional programs and whether they are doing it before, during, or after school hours. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States