ERIC Number: ED027649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
Developing a Work-Experience Program for Slow Learning Youth. A Report of a Three Year Extension and Improvement Project.
McPherson, Hoyt; Stephens, Thomas M.
A work experience program for educable mentally handicapped youth in special classes included 215 students, 138 of them in 11th grade (105 boys, 33 girls) and 77 in 12th grade (47 boys, 30 girls). Their mean chronological age was 18-6 years and their mean IQ was 73 with a range of 52 to 82. The program coordinator of the Ohio State Department of Special Education developed the work study program; coordinated it with the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Citizens' Advisory Committee, and the Technical Advisory Committee; obtained job placement; and shared supervisory responsibilities with the teacher-counselors, who were assigned to participating schools. Of the unskilled job placements obtained, 50% were in food service areas and 30% in porter or custodial areas. Hospital placements were also recommended; service stations and domestic homes were not. The gross annual earnings of students were $118,000. Success was related to on the job supervision, and the teacher-counselor's interview with each student on pay day was important. In a followup study of 73 graduates of the special classes, 89% of the 44 who had participated in the program were working while only 35% of the 29 who had not participated were working. (SN)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Child Care Occupations, Custodian Training, Employer Attitudes, Exceptional Child Research, Food Service, Health Occupations, Job Placement, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Money Management, Parent Counseling, Teacher Role, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Dayton.; Dayton Public Secondary Schools, OH. Vocational Rehabilitation of the Mentally Retarded.
Identifiers: Ohio; Ohio (Dayton)