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Educationally Backward Child: Causes and Characteristics of Educationally Backward Child


Such children have problems in keeping up with course work. They are usually children living in defective environment and exposed to wrong teaching methods. It can be mathematically defined in terms of attained age. Attained age is the age at which a student should acquire a specified level of proficiency. Chronological age is the real age at which the student actually acquired that level of proficiency. Then


is the Attained Age

is the Chronological Age

If AQ > 85 then not a dull (educationally backward) child. AQ of 100 would signify normal development.

Causes of Educational Backwardness

Educational backwardness is caused by

  • Abnormal physical growth
  • Defective emotional state
  • Low intell

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Educationally Backward Child: Treatment of Backwardness


Treatment of Backwardness

The following methods are helpful in training an educationally backward child

  • Regular child check-up and treatment
  • Techniques that help child in adjusting
  • Special educational provisions
  • Follow-up classes and continues progress records
  • Keeping track of non-attendance
  • Provision for guidance services
  • Control of negative environmental factors
  • Help from experienced educational psychologists
  • Continues partnership between family and school
  • Development of balanced educational curriculum
  • Encouraging good company at school
  • Encouraging self-discipline
  • Providing additional guidance

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