ERIC Number: ED023207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Project in Curriculum Development for "Work Experience" and "Occupations" Courses for Educable Mentally Retarded Students.
Groelle, Marvin C.
A 2-year project constructed a work study program for educable mentally retarded (EMR) high school students. The first phase developed courses of study, instructional materials, and teaching procedures; the second phase established a functional vocational training program in five high schools with approximately 150 EMR seniors (IQ range 53 to 78, ages 17-8 to 19-2) and had classroom instruction on occupation and work experience (two 60-minute periods per day) which included experimental use of the material developed in the first phase. The evaluation of the program and a followup on graduated pupils were done in the third phase. Of the 150 pupils, 52% were placed in full-time competitive employment, 32% were in training situations and 15% were unemployed when the project ended. Optimal employment times were early spring and fall. Instructional materials developed were a series of progressively more complicated job application forms, job descriptions of work for EMR's increasing in reading difficulty from third to fifth grade level, short work-orientated study lessons adapted for role playing, and an interest inventory and a commercially produced booklet on human relations both revised to fourth grade reading levels. (SN)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Cooperative Education, Curriculum Development, Exceptional Child Research, Instructional Materials, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Program Evaluation, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests, Work Experience Programs, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oakland Unified School District, CA.