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Teaching materials and students with mental retardation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Teaching materials and students with mental retardation

From a socio-cultural perspective, teaching materials can be regarded as mediating tools for transferring culturally based knowledge, norms, values and traditions. While literature on teaching materials in general is substantial, few investigations have been conducted on teaching materials for students with mental retardation.

In this paper I will present parts of an ongoing project in which this issue is focused. The study includes about twenty students in two training school classes and one class for students with mild mental retardation, covering the grades 7 10 in the compulsory school.

Teaching materials in this study are defined as cultural tools used in education and serving a pedagogical function in programs for students with mental retardation (särskolan). My preliminary findings indicate predominance for everyday skills in teaching material activities. Reading or mathematical development in teaching material activities are of low priority. The activities often imply dilemmas the teacher have to master.

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Teaching materials, cultural tools, mental retardation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24169OAI: diva2:597936
NFPF Köpenhamn
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22

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