ERIC Number: ED332465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Individuals with Learning Disabilities Out of School One Year. Iowa Statewide Follow-Up Study.
Sitlington, Patricia L.; And Others
This study investigated the adult adjustment of an Iowa random sample of 1,012 individuals labeled learning disabled whose graduating class had been out of school for 1 year. Of this group (82% of the original sample), 911 individuals had been graduated from special education programs and 101 individuals had dropped out. Results are reported in terms of: (1) general characteristics of the sample; (2) characteristics of the employed individuals, in terms of rate and location of employment, occupational status, number of hours worked, mean wage, and benefits; and (3) comparisons of employed and unemployed individuals in terms of vocational training and experiences, postsecondary training, and perceptions of the usefulness of school. Data are also reported by graduate/dropout group, program model in which the individual was enrolled while still in school, and by gender where relevant. The study found that only 54% of the graduates and 38% of the dropouts met the criteria of being employed or "otherwise meaningfully engaged," living independently or with a parent or relative, paying at least a portion of their living expenses, and being involved in more than one leisure activity. (13 references) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Dropouts, Employment Level, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Independent Living, Individual Characteristics, Learning Disabilities, Leisure Time, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life, Student Experience, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Instructional Services.
Note: For related documents, see ED 318 155, ED 323 677, and EC 300 329.