ERIC Number: ED110726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-Up Study of the Post School Employment Success of Graduates from Four High School Special Education Programs in the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Pennsylvania for the School Years 1969-70, 1970-71 and 1971-72. A Final Report.
Dinger, Jack C.; And Others
In the middle western area of Pennsylvania, four model programs have been developed at the high school level to provide occupational orientation and preparation for the educable mentally retarded: The Community Based Work-Study Program, The Academic Special Education Program, The External Vocational Program, and The Internal Vocational Program. The study was undertaken to investigate the post-school employment success and selected characteristics of graduates from each of these programs. The opportunity was also provided for graduates to evaluate the effectiveness of their high school programs. The study was based on 183 (71 percent of the possible 259) graduates. Some significant findings included: a significantly higher proportion of successfully employed graduates had been enrolled in work study programs than in any of the other three programs; female special education students are not, regardless of program, being properly prepared for post-school employment success; the unemployment rate of the special education graduate is five times greater than the regular education graduate; driver education is of great importance; and placement services were successful in placing eight out of nine graduates. Data on 93 variables are presented in a number of tables, and 15 specific recommendations are made from them. (Author/PR)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Guidance, Employment Level, Employment Qualifications, Followup Studies, High School Graduates, Job Placement, Mild Mental Retardation, Program Evaluation, Regional Programs, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Special Education, Special Programs, Statistical Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Success, Vocational Education, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4, Grove City, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania