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"Artists at Cosmos" : the design and implementation of a community based program for moderately and severely intellectually handicapped young people, Hobart, Tasmania

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Moss, Julianne 1985 , '"Artists at Cosmos" : the design and implementation of a community based program for moderately and severely intellectually handicapped young people, Hobart, Tasmania', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This project aims to present the process of the design and implementation
of a community based program for moderately and severely intellectually
disabled young people. The design and implementation of the program has
been a solo exercise which took place during the 1984 school year.
As a teacher responsible for a class group at Talire Special School, Hobart,
it was my task in 1984, to define a curriculum for those young people,
sixteen to eighteen years old, in their final school years. The 1984
project grew out of four years prior experience with these students in a
school setting.
Through the perusal of current writings in curricular directions for this
group it became clear to the author that changes should be made to existing
programs for this group of young people, considering the weight of the
large body of evidence, presented in the literature, and the current
emphasis on the least restrictive alternative and normalisation principles.
Before entering the field of Special Education, my experience had been
in the area of art education with secondary students. With this perspec
tive I was struck by the immense talents and skills exhibited by this
group in the art/craft fields generally.
During 1984, the writer defined a curriculum ~om the group referred to
which was outside the traditional confines of a school setting, and made
specialised provision to develop art and craft skills through the develop
ment of the concept of an "Artists' Workshop". This project documents the
search of the literature and the events that have occured in order to
establish the program.
The first chapter deals with evidence found in the literature on the
directions of program development for moderately and severely intellect
ually disabled students, as well as detailing the particular circumstances
that exist for this group in Tasmania.
Chapter Two outlines the design and workings of the curriculum for this
group that were developed.
Chapter Three examines the "Artists' Workshop", the part of the curriculum
that focuses on the development of art/craft skills.
Chapter Four examines the difficulties that exist within this State for
post-school experience for this group of moderately to severely intellect
ually disabled adolescents. Also highlighted are the possible ways that
the concept of the Artists' Workshop could be introduced and developed
beyond school life.
Chapter Five concludes with personal observations that have arisen from
the process of design and implementation of a community based program
for the target group described.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Moss, Julianne
Keywords: Youth with mental disabilities, Youth with mental disabilities, People with disabilities and the arts
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 1985 the author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M. Spec. Ed.)--University of Tasmania, 1986. Appendix III containing illustrations in pocket. Bibliography: leaves 56-58

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