ERIC Number: ED163093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Schools and Colleges 16-19: The Education of the Less Able Student. Study Conference 74/28.
Burrows, Kathryn, Ed.
Coombe Lodge Report, v7 n10 p636-695 1974
This is a report of a conference concerned with educating "less-able" 16-19 year old students within the British school system. These students vary from being physically handicapped, to educationally "sub-normal," to simply lacking in vocational skills. Topics of papers presented include: defining disadvantaged young people, describing academic and vocational resources available to them in the system, curriculum development, and counselling services. Two basic themes recur in most of the papers. First, the root of the problem of educating the "less able" is the emphasis the educational system places upon the high achiever. This is manifested through allocation of resources. More resources should be devoted to the underachiever. It is also suggested that schools should focus far less on examination success as an educational goal. Second, appropriate education for this student population should include better preparation for future life experiences. Otherwise, these young people will soon be parents and workers, unskilled at both occupations unless they are better prepared before leaving school. It is noted that 16 year old girls were found to be the most educationally deprived of all students. It is recommended that these students be encouraged to remain in school. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Academically Handicapped, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Prevention, Low Ability Students, Mild Mental Retardation, Physical Disabilities, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Report Editor, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol, England BS186RG (1 pound)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).
Identifiers: England; Further Education Staff College