ERIC Number: ED022268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating and Developing Vocational Potential of Institutionalized Retarded Adolescents.
Parnicky, Joseph J., Ed.; Kahn, Harris, Ed.
Vocational performance predictors were tested with 437 mildly retarded students (mean age 18 1/2, mean IQ 64) in a five-stage training situation progressing from half to full day and from on to off campus. Findings demonstrated considerable overlap as well as some independence among measures. High degrees of reliability and intercorrelation were found within the group of psychological tests. More independence of items was found within the series of work sample measures. Rating scale items were highly intercorrelated, suggestive of a halo effect. All the evaluation techniques had some potency for prediction of adjustment and performance and were stronger at the end of each of the five stages. The program variations of a special work group and group counseling were moderately successful in favorably modifying behavior. A reading-free test was able to differentiate vocational interests. Job supervisors' ratings were best to predict performance in the half day on campus. No measure predicted performance for full-day work off campus with residence on campus. In 11 psychological tests, highest reliability was noted for motor skills tests; psychological test correlation with vocational performance varied. Factor analysis indicated the vocational interest test discriminated subjects' interests. Group counseling results were not conclusive. (DE)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.; New Jersey State Dept. of Institutions and Agencies, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Edward R. Johnstone Training and Research Center, Bordentown, NJ.