ERIC Number: ED029403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Mentally Retarded High School Students in Work Study Versus Traditional Programs; The Effects of Off-Campus Placement. Final Report.
Howe, Clifford E.
The purpose of this study was to compare the post-school adjustment of educable mentally retarded students having off campus work experience with a contrast group without school sponsored placement and supervision on jobs in the community. The major hypothesis in the investigation was that among educable mentally retarded youths who are enrolled in special classes at the senior high level, those who are engaged in off campus work under supervision of the school will make better community adjustments as adults, than will similar youths who are not engaged in off campus work. Personal interviews were conducted with 68 former students, 2 to 4 years after they had terminated their high school careers. These adults were then rated by several persons as to the adequacy of their adult adjustment. Major findings were as follow: approximately 85% of both groups were gainfully employed, the group without off campus work experience was achieving as well as the group who had received off campus work placement and supervision, and the unemployed in both groups tended to be those who were multiply handicapped or tested near the bottom of the IQ range of the group. (Author)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Rating Scales, Case Studies, Exceptional Child Research, Followup Studies, Individual Characteristics, Interviews, Marital Status, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Minority Groups, Occupations, Salaries, Unemployment, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Work Experience
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Long Beach Unified School District, CA.