ERIC Number: ED210476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Vocational Education Programs for the Severely Handicapped in North Dakota.
Barta, Roberta Fair
A study was conducted to determine (1) the entry level skills that are required for admission to selected North Dakota programs for the vocational education of the severely handicapped; and (2) the articulation, if any, between nationwide prevocational training programs' exit requirements and the North Dakota programs' entry requirements. Using a survey instrument developed by Dennis E. Mithaug and others for assessing entry-level requirements of sheltered workshops, development centers, and activity centers, information was gathered from 95 programs in 29 states. The information collected showed that although there is considerable agreement between the prevocational programs nationwide regarding exit skills and North Dakota's vocational programs' entry skills, the North Dakota programs expect their students to possess more independent living skills than the prevocational programs teach. The following conclusions were reached: (1) there are few vocational training programs for the severely handicapped; (2) there is confusion among those working with the handicapped about the definition of the term "severely handicapped"; (3) a greater degree of articulation between the prevocational and the vocational training programs is needed; (4) admission criteria for vocational programs is not structured; and (5) all programs require students to have basic self-care skills. A model vocational program was proposed that would serve home-living students in a vocational center, use real work tasks, teach vocational competencies, have access to support services, and hire personnel with the proper attitudes. (KC)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Adolescents, Adults, Articulation (Education), Course Content, Curriculum, Daily Living Skills, Definitions, Job Skills, Models, Prevocational Education, Rehabilitation Centers, Self Care Skills, Severe Disabilities, Sheltered Workshops, Vocational Education, Vocational Training Centers, Young Adults
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Dakota State Board for Vocational Education, Bismarck. Research Coordinating Unit.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Dakota
Note: Master's Thesis, University of North Dakota.