ERIC Number: ED023897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Youth with Special Needs in Non-Metropolitan Ohio High Schools.
Hamilton, James B.
To determine characteristics of students and aspects of vocational education programs essential to the serving of youth with special needs in rural Ohio high schools, 154 ninth grade youths with special needs were compared with 169 other ninth grade students. Analysis of variance and coefficient of correlation "t" test and chi square were used to establish significant differences and to examine relationships. Some findings were: (1) One of seven ninth grade students in rural Ohio high schools was considered to have special educational needs, (2) Boys identified as disadvantaged outnumbered girls by a ratio of three to two, (3) The greatest numbers of students were considered to be intellectually handicapped, educationally deprived, economically deprived and socially disadvantaged, (4) Very few students were considered to be ethnically disadvantaged or physically handicapped, (5) Youth with special needs were found to have larger families, more broken homes, and lower education and occupational levels of parents, (6) Youth with special needs had lower grades, high rates of absence, lower reading levels, lower intelligence test scores, and lower educational and occupational aspirations, and (7) No significant differences were found in terms of race, place or origin, or whether or not the mother worked outside the home. (DM)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Needs, Grade 9, High School Students, Rural Areas, Student Characteristics, Vocational Education
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