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Diagnostic/prescriptive/evaluative (DPE) teaching

What are the benefits of the DPE approach? How can it be applied to the classroom curriculum?

(According to Thomas (1996), helping students with Intellectual Disabilityachieve the greatest success and independence in life can be accomplished through individual life goal planning and diagnostic/prescriptive/evaluative (DPE) teaching).

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DPE (diagnosis, prescription, evaluation) refers to the process used in the medical field as well as in education, of dealing with a medical or educational problem. This is similar to the scientific process, which is a codified, standard way of approaching a problem. When used in the education of mentally challenged children, it sets forth steps to follow for a caseworker (the Special Education teaching professional, generally) to ensure that the child is gaining as much benefit from school as is possible for that particular child.

Diagnosis: a diagnosis of mental retardation is not as simple as it sounds. It might be fairly simple to state that a child has this condition, but the important factor, especially for educators, is TO WHAT DEGREE? This is ascertained only with extensive testing and observation, to determine where the ...

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Description and discussion of each of the three stages of DPE - diagnostic/prescriptive/evaluative (DPE) teaching, and what happens in each stage.