ERIC Number: ED036020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Vocational Success of Groups of the Visually Handicapped. Final Report.
Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Education.
The purpose of this project was to examine factors that seem to contribute to the vocational success of a group of visually handicapped. The population included 939 subjects for whom test data were available; 644 were interviewed and 207 were retested on various standardized measures. Instruments were developed to obtain initial data from school and agency records and current data from the subjects themselves. The typical subject was male, between the ages of 23 and 42, of average intelligence, lost vision before the age of five, and could not see sufficiently to read large print. Findings showed a high percentage unemployed; those employed had in general an annual income below the median for the general population and were engaged in a narrow range of occupations. Variables that seemed to be most related to vocational success included I Q, sex, other disabilities, travel ability, and level of education. Except for I Q, and certain subtests of vocational interest tests, results of personality and vocational aptitude tests were not highly related to vocational success. Additional data analyses and implications for educators and rehabilitation counselors are discussed. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Records, Exceptional Child Research, Followup Studies, Intelligence, Interest Inventories, Interviews, Participant Characteristics, Personality, Prediction, Socioeconomic Status, Success, Unemployment, Visual Impairments, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Education.