ERIC Number: ED250902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Colorado Statewide Followup Survey of Special Education Students and Appendices.
Mithaug, Dennis E.; Horiuchi, Chiyo N.
The report discusses a statewide followup survey of 234 special education graduates in Colorado. An initial section, which reviews and summarizes followup research, notes the limitations of past studies and describes the sequence of the Colorado study, from initial efforts (appointment of panel of experts, development of personal interview questionnaire) to pilot testing and conducting interviews and collecting data. Results are summarized in terms of statewide representation, descriptive findings (background information, school information, post school information), and cross tabulations (correlates in high school preparation, regular education, usefulness of regular education, usefulness of vocational education, training needs, sex, age, urban/rural, special education program, and handicapping condition). Among findings were that Ss who were happy with their high school preparation were better adjusted on their jobs after graduation; younger Ss appeared to have been better prepared for post high school adjustments than older Ss; and Ss from resource classrooms exhibited greater occupational successes than respondents from self-contained classrooms or work study programs. Implications are noted, including the need to secure parental cooperation and contribution in the vocational adjustment process. Priorities stressed by respondents for specific vocational skills, as well as social and independent living skills, are noted. Extensive appended materials include a sample survey and detailed survey results. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Colorado Springs. School of Education.; Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.