ERIC Number: ED206899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Impact Research Focusing on Mildly Mentally Handicapped Students in Secondary Vocational Consumer and Homemaking Programs in Minnesota.
Fedje, Cheryl G.; And Others
A study was undertaken to develop valid and reliable test instruments for mildly mentally handicapped students enrolled in consumer and homemaking subject matter areas--child development/parenting, nutrition, and consumer education. Following a literature search and identification of subject matter concepts, a pool of four-option multiple-choice test items was generated for tests in each of the three subject areas. Tests were then constructed and administered to a total of 138 mildly mentally handicapped students currently enrolled in vocational high schools throughout Minnesota (of these 26 were enrolled in child development/parenting, 34 in nutrition, and 13 in consumer education). The control group consisted of another 65 mildly mentally handicapped students who had not taken a course in the specific content areas being tested. In addition, 182 regular students were also tested. Analysis of test results indicated that while the child development/parenting test favors those who had taken the course, the other two tests appeared to favor those who had not taken courses in those areas. Recommendations called for revising the format of the tests, additional research incorporating participants' IQ or reading scores, and developing and testing additional instruments. (The tests are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Child Development, Consumer Education, Diagnostic Tests, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Needs, Guidelines, Home Economics, Homemaking Skills, Mainstreaming, Mild Mental Retardation, Models, Needs Assessment, Nutrition, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Validity, Vocational Education
Division of Occupational and Vocational Studies, University Park, PA 16802 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Parenting