ERIC Number: ED087185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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A Study of Secondary Educable Programs in Alabama.
Selected student variables that are indicators of a successful secondary program for the educable mentally retarded were compared and evaluated on the basis of descriptive data for 4,425 students in the 233 classes in Alabama and interviews with 30 former students. Results from a questionnaire sent to high schools revealed data such as the following for the independent variables: 53% of the classes were from rural areas, 53% of the students were black, 68% of the students were male, and 70% of the incoming teachers (1971 through 1973) held only the bachelor degree. Data for 258 students from 19 classes on independent variables (such as academic achievement) and dependent variables (such as age, sex, and race) indicated the following results: females scored significantly higher than males in spelling and reading, males scored significantly higher than females in self concept and social adjustment, white students were significantly higher than black in reading (no other significant differences on race were found), and age was not a significant factor. Some of the results from interviews with 23 male and seven female former students (FS) indicated that 15 FS were successes (based on criteria for employment, owning or renting a home, and no arrests), that 20 FS were employed, that eight FS were renting or buying a home, that six FS were married, and that few FS had received vocational training. The study had implications for local school administrators and teacher training programs that resulted in 16 recommendations such as providing on-the-job training programs with the vocational rehabilitation counselor playing a larger role than in the past, and evaluating reasons such as conflict with authority figures and racial strife for student withdrawal before graduation. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Jacksonville State Univ., AL.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama