ERIC Number: ED156822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Identifying Handicapped Students and Their Vocational Needs for 1977-1982.
Franken, Marion E.
A study was conducted to identify the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective characteristics of handicapped students 14-21 years of age, and their perceived needs in the community and in future education and training in Wisconsin. A 20% sample of these students' teachers was surveyed using a mailed, machine-scoreable instrument distributed on a state-wide basis. The following are some of the major results: students were mostly male, English speaking Caucasions having intelligence quotients below 80; they were generally below level in grade placement and achievement levels in specified subject areas; and their career goals lay in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing, consumer and homemaking education, and construction. The primary handicaps were mental retardation, emotional disturbance, and learning disabilities (neurological in nature). In a vocational technical adult education institution, they would need instruction using all learning modalities in an environment restricted to a small number of students. The study concluded that training in vocational education is needed for handicapped youth and adults. Seven recommendations were made including that vocational education programs be planned and implemented for handicapped students and that higher education institutions offer and vocational teachers and student counselors take courses related to working with the handicapped. The appendix includes a list of instrument validators, participating school districts, an analysis of the reliability of the instrument, a map of the vocational-technical adult education districts in Wisconsin, and a copy of the mailed instrument. (JH)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Handicapped Students, Needs Assessment, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Vocational Education
Publications Unit, Room 342, Wisconsin Vocational Studies Center, University of Wisconsin--Madison, 321 Education Building, Box 49, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Wisconsin Vocational Studies Center.