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ERIC Number: ED112034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 9
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Economic Competency: Implications for Programs for the Educable Mentally Retarded.
Kingsley, Ronald F.; Kokaska, Charles
Middle School Journal, v6 n1 p17-20 Spring 1975
One of the major objectives of programing for the educable mentally retarded is the development of the individual's economic competency or efficiency. In order to reinforce this objective it is necessary that classroom activities employ real money and that some type of work experience be provided so that students learn to manage a given amount of economic resources within the community marketplace. With most jobs open to the retarded being low-paying service occupations, it is paramount that educational programs provide the best possible training and the survival skills necessary to make every dollar stretch as far as possible. The educational program conceptualized to meet this need contains two interacting phases: classroom instruction which focuses on problem solving, and work-study which provides economic rewards for completing specific repetitive duties characterized as work tasks. Once work-study programs are operational, it is possible to introduce into the curriculum the concepts of consumer education, suggested topics for which are: banking and savings, bills, borrowing money, budgeting, buying on credit, home ownership, insurance, medical-dental, renting, shopping techniques, taxes, and transportation. Thus students' experience of earning a salary is complemented with that of their own planned utilization of financial resources within the community marketplace. (Author/JR)
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