10527 Learning Disabilities 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Education

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Fundamental Issues in Special Education and one of the following: Educational Psychology, Introduction to Psychology; as well as Participation in Psychological and Educational Research. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Recommended: Introduction to Statistics for Students of Social Sciences I, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Regression Analysis and Analysis of Variance

The course is based on readers (in Hebrew and in English), edited by Tali Heiman.

Who are pupils with learning disabilities? What are their unique characteristics and how do they cope in various life areas? The course presents various approaches to and up-to-date research on the population with learning disabilities, addressing scholastic, social, emotional and behavioral aspects. The course also discusses the integration of students with learning disabilities in educational frameworks, both in Israel and throughout the world, and examines the coping methods of families with a child or adult with learning disabilities. Finally, the course deals with issues concerning adults with learning disabilities.

Topics: Definitions and descriptions of learning disabilities; Learning disabilities (reading, writing, arithmetic); Social, emotional and behavioral characteristics; Integration of pupils with learning disabilities in the regular school system; The family; Adults with learning disabilities.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.