ERIC Number: ED182538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Followup Study of the Mainstreamed Graduate at Ocean County Vocational-Technical School.
Schoka, Ronald R.
A comparative followup study had two major purposes: (1) to determine how successful the mainstreamed special needs graduate is in the world of work in comparison with the regular vocational school graduate and (2) to determine the validity of the mainstreaming program at the Ocean County Vocational-Technical School. Two components of the study were a literature review and a survey and data analysis. The literature showed an increasing concern for education of the handicapped with mainstreaming a common and successful solution. The research design provided for the development of a graduate survey which was sent to thirty-nine mainstreamed and forty regular vocational school graduates. Data collected from both groups were analyzed by using percentages and then compared. Findings indicated that mainstreamed graduates find employment after graduation in the area trained for or a related area equally as well as regular graduates. Employment records of both groups showed no significant difference, but regular graduates utilized post-high school education more than the mainstreamed graduates. The greater difficulty experienced by mainstreamed graduates in securing job leads led to the recommendation for the implementation of a program in teaching job seeking skills in the mainstreaming program at Ocean County. (YLB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Employment, Employment Potential, Graduate Surveys, Handicapped Students, High School Graduates, Job Search Methods, Literature Reviews, Mainstreaming, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Validation, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Vocational High Schools
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey; Ocean County Vocational Technical School NJ