A study of the effectiveness of an integrated, personified approach to learning with trainable mental retardates

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Demonstrates "2 approaches to the use of music to aid trainable mental retardates (TMRs) in learning factual material and certain types of discrimination." 7 musical instruments were presented to 2 groups of TMRs. In 1 group the instruments were presented with photographs and solo recordings; in the other, an integrated, personified approach was created with a story and imaginative drawings. It was hypothesized that the TMR will learn more effectively through the method which uses imaginative drawings and an integrated, personified story, and he will have better discrimination of contrasts afterward. Results seem to indicate that the approach used with the experimental group is effective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Barbara Stubbs

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