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TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v5 n1 Article 5 Sep 2008

The Thematic Photobook System is a teaching strategy that uses an interpersonal approach to involve and encourage a child to participate in producing photobooks of specific themes to facilitate desired learning or behavioral objectives. A thematic photobook is a tool which integrates a number of educational or therapeutic photo activities focused on a certain theme to help a child to attempt increasingly challenging tasks. A finished photobook may be used as a further learning tool. It may also stimulate the creation of additional photobooks on other themes which facilitate further objectives. The article gives examples of educational and behavioral goals achieved by exceptional children who were involved in the system. It describes the components of the teaching strategy that characterize the system. Advantages of this holistic system over using single photo activities and potential applications are suggested. (Contains 3 photos.)

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Photography, Thematic Approach, Disabilities, Pictorial Stimuli, Student Motivation, Behavior Modification, Student Behavior, Student Participation, Student Interests

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Author: Veksler, Dina; Reed, Henry; Ranish, Anna


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