ERIC Number: ED115967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Preparation for the Handicapped: Occupational Adjustment Training. Occupational Education Research Project Final Report.
Wilkes County Board of Education, Wilkesboro, NC.
From 1973 to 1975, the school systems of North Wilkesboro and Wilkes County, North Carolina engaged in a mutual venture to adjust the focus of special educational services from one of academic orientation to one of academic and occupational preparation. The special educational services provided to mentally retarded pupils in seven elementary schools and one high school were changed in format to include occupational preparation. The vehicle of occupational education was used to teach essential academic subjects, broaden awareness and involvement in community enterprise, develop interest and selection of employment opportunities, and introduce occupational proficiencies and requirements. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the implementation and continuation of an occupational-academic public school program and to describe the benefit to mentally retarded students in terms of life-work preparedness. The success or failure of the project objectives was based on: pupil attitudes and achievement, description of population, teacher's opinions evaluation, principals' evaluation, pupil employment, graduates and dropouts, community participation, trainable mentally retarded, and a study of costs. Appendixes include a review of research and literature, instructional program outlines, competency assessment records, pupil attitude test, teacher opinionnaire, and related investigation. (Author/NJ)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Job Placement, Job Training, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Prevocational Education, Program Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Special Education, Tables (Data), Vocational Adjustment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Occupational Research Unit.
Authoring Institution: Wilkes County Board of Education, Wilkesboro, NC.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina