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M.A. in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Kuder, S. Jay


Children with disabilities--Education--United States; Microwave cooking--Study and teaching


Special Education and Teaching


The purpose of this paper was to apply an example of general case strategy when training severely handicapped students how to use a microwave. Two types of machines were chosen that represent the range and type available: (push button, turns dial - color: white, brown).

Three students were selected to participate in the study all coming from a special education district. The students were 17 years old and classified multiple handicapped. In addition, their test scores and other data indicated they were severely disabled.

Using a task analysis approach both machines were taught simultaneously. Instruction was given on the relevant/non-relevant stimuli, and individual characteristics of each machine type. The results indicated that in two cases, general case exemplars were effective at promoting generalization of the skill to a natural setting. Two students successfully used a machine they had not previously been trained on. In one case where the student had difficulty learning both skills at once, specific modification was implemented in place of general case strategy to attempt to help the student learn steps of skills more efficiently.