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This guide is designed to help those involved with the United Kingdom's Workers' Educational Association (WEA) to recognize the learning needs of and to develop teaching methods for students with visual impairments (VIs). Introductory materials cover objectives and how to use the guide. Section 1, "What Do We Mean by VI?" compares preconceptions about VI with reality, describing different degrees of VI and introducing common eye conditions and their effect on the student's learning needs. Section 2, "What Are the Implications for WES Field Staff/Branches?" uses a case study approach that is based on a survey of WEA provision for visually impaired adult students. It follows a new student through the key stages involved in arriving at a WEA class and looks at ways in which the WEA could have facilitated the journey. Section 3, "What Does It Mean for the WEA Tutor?" collects good practice suggestions from the survey, together with advice from experienced tutors and texts. Section 4, "A Trainer's Perspective," outlines the structure and content of a successful course and provides tips on organizing a course. Each section concludes with suggestions for practical tasks to improve the user's knowledge of VI and to assess the quality of policy and practice in provision for visually impaired students. Section 5 contains resources referred to in the main text that are also suitable for use by field staff/branches for tutor training courses or by tutors as performance aids as they apply their learning on the job. (YLB)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Education, Curriculum Development, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Student Needs, Student Recruitment, Teaching Methods, Visual Impairments

Workers' Educational Association, Temple House, 17 Victoria Park Square, London, E2 9PB, Tel: 020 8983 1515, Fax: 020 8983 4840, E-mail: info[at]wea.org.uk, Web site: http://www.wea.org.uk.









Autor: Heinrich, Cherry; Hunter, Bronwen; Payne, Bob

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7212&id=ED442935



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