ERIC Number: ED241910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Testing a Model for Promoting Academic Success of Learning Disabled Students at the University Level. Final Report.
Swan, Robert J.
Instead of emphasizing basic skills remediation or academic tutoring, a counseling model can provide a consistent support system, reduce client anxiety levels, and build self-confidence among learning disabled (LD) college students. All of the services offered under this model--(1) academic advisement, (2) personal counseling, (3) career counseling, (4) liason, (5) assessment, (6) work with information processing skills, and (7) monitoring--operate under three assumptions: that clients are their own best resource, that to be effective, questioning must be very specific, and that formal testing should be deemphasized. Use of this model revealed a number of findings, among them that learning disabilities should be seen as a continuum disablement, with more students becoming LD at each succeeding school level, and that counseling and clinical psychology seem to provide the best background for counselors. The program was evaluated through critical incidence, a research method based on counselor observation of clients' progress toward mutually agreed upon goals. The program's success prompted acceptance of the counseling model by the California state college and university system, development of a graduate training program in working with adult LDs, and increased research on the topic. (Project observations, accounts of related research, and new research proposals are appended.) (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Long Beach. School of Education.