ERIC Number: ED169705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Developing Independence Through Work Preparation. Minerva Street Special School Augmented Evaluation of Innovations Program Project (76/6040).
Parmenter, Trevor R.
Using a systems model with its components of inputs, process, and outputs; the report evaluates a work experience program for mildly retarded students at an Australian special school. Data collected at each stage of the evaluation is presented. Inputs into the system include a description of the population and its needs, along with the situational variables that impinge upon it. These include the characteristics and value systems of the school and its community and the current economic climate. The aims and objectives of the program are outlined, together with the special programs, techniques, and resources which were applied. These cover such areas as reading, mathematics, occupational therapy, industrial arts, social development, science, and language development. The dynamics of the organization of the process variables are described. Objective assessment, both criterion-referenced and normative, of the program outcomes are made in each of the component areas. Ratings of the effectiveness of the program by teachers, parents, students, and employers are analyzed, along with the predictive value of vocational guidance tests administered to each student prior to the commencement of the program. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Schools Commission, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: The preparation of this report was supported by the New South Wales State Evaluation Sub-committee of the Australian Schools Commission