ERIC Number: ED245112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Designated Vocational Instruction: An Approach to Vocational Education for the Handicapped.
Gilles, Steven J.; Krueger, Christine A.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented, in 71 school districts, a pilot project designed to assist handicapped learners to participate in vocational education programs. The program, called Designated Vocational Instruction (DVI), is intended to improve the scope and quality of secondary-level vocational education for special needs students. DVI teachers who participate in the program attend a graduate level six-week training course at the University of Wisconsin on the DVI role, vocational education principles and practices, vocational education for handicapped learners, vocational assessment instruments and techniques, development of vocational curriculum and aspects of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), and instructional accommodation needed for handicapped learners in vocational education. Through this preparation, DVI teachers learn to assist handicapped students to enter and participate in existing vocational education programs. The DVI teacher provides support to both the vocational education teacher and the special needs student. The DVI teacher also facilitates communication between special educators, vocational educators, and student services. The first year of the program was rated a success, with 437 students served, 61 percent of whom earned at least a C or better grade in vocational education courses as a result of this instructional support. If evaluation of the program continues to be favorable, the DVI program will be continued and expanded in Wisconsin. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Designated Vocational Instruction; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (62nd, Washington, DC, April 23-27, 1984).