ERIC Number: ED366784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-29
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Mapping Project.
Case studies in eight school settings identified the various curricula and services for delivering curricula to youth with disabilities. Settings represented a cross-section of schools in the Puget Sound Area of Washington State. Data were gathered through interviews and surveys of students, parents, special and general education teachers, principals, and counselors. Respondents indicated that about 10 percent of the student population had special needs, and this population was increasing. They suggested employment and independent living as major goals for students with disabilities. Vocational education was seen as the path to job readiness, and respondents recommended more and better preparation for the world of work. Most general education teachers, including those teaching vocational subjects, had little, if any, formal preparation in the area of special education, and many felt unprepared to teach students with special needs. Data indicated agreement that teachers should know something about the various types of disabilities, what to expect from special students, and what methods of instruction are appropriate. The implication for preparing new teachers would be to include practical experience and coursework in special education. (An appendix presents findings and recommendations regarding transition issues in three segments: curricular considerations, Parent Advisory Board and alumni parental involvement, and individual education plans and transition plan generators.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Curriculum Mapping; Washington (Puget Sound)
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Nashville, TN, December 1993).