ERIC Number: ED087875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun-30
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Project PACE. Research and Development Project. Final Report.
Schmidt, Frank M.
Major objectives of Project PACE have been to foster the integration of special education students back into regular vocational programs and to deal directly with job simulation development. The student population used in this study consisted of sixty culturally deprived special education students (control/experimental groups) from two Portland, Maine inner-city junior high schools. Specific goals of this project were to initiate a sequential, pre-vocational course for slow learners covering basic math, practical aspects of money management, and reading skills. Additional goals were to develop student academic criteria for high school placement; to develop pre/post teacher attitude scales; to determine the effect of the experimental curriculum on daily attendance, dropout rate, academic performance, social behavior, and teacher attitudes. Staff of the experimental group were two special education teachers and two full-time aides. Students in the control group received instruction in the regular classroom with no access to the specialized programs. In general, the results indicated difference in favor of the experimental group on all variables being measured. Recommendations were the development of more specific diagnostic and evaluative tools, use of larger student samples in future studies, and adoption of a State plan. Two-thirds of the document is devoted to appendixes. (EA)
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Sponsor: Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta. Bureau of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Portland Public Schools, ME.
Identifiers - Location: Maine